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Monash Recreation Pavilion, Clayton

Designed to encourage student social interaction this building houses a flexible, multi-purpose space and service areas to support a range of student activities.

  • Design Response

    Located in the south-east corner of the Clayton Campus and serving student residences nearby, this pavilion was inspired by Laugier’s primitive hut (representing a simple, spare, open enclosure) and Manet’s painting Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe (representing sybaritic recreational activities in a garden setting).

    The glassy, steel framed building with north and west verandahs faces north over a recreational lawn and overlooks a small lake to the west. Comprising a large multi-purpose flexible space and ancillary areas (kitchen, toilets, storage) the interior and verandah spaces are designed to support a variety of individual and group activities. Although a building designed purely for pleasure, the pavilion has a serious purpose – to encourage social interaction among Monash’s resident students and prevent isolation, particularly among international students.

  • Student Recreation Pavilion Design Specifications

    Services Provided

    • Full Services


    Workshop Architecture


    Project Director: Tony Styant-Browne
    Project Team: Tony Styant-Browne, Jen Rippon
    Photography: John Gollings


    Monash University

    Date completed



    Clayton, Victoria

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