A freestanding timber dome, the first of its kind in Australia.

Factories of the Future is an award-winning hub for engaging undergraduate and high school students, alumni and the wider community. Swinburne University's new $100 million facility is equipped with advanced visualization and design tools to explore conceptual ideas for manufacturing next generation products.

The unique aspect was the development of a free-standing timber dome with mezzanine floor, created by architects H20 and structural engineers TTW.


Client: Swinburne University

Architect: H20 Architects

Builder: Ireland Brown

Value: $1.5M

Completion: 2015

Sector: Universities

Services: Timber, Structural


  • 2015 Australian Timber Design Award – Excellence in Timber Cladding