Located at our Hawthorn campus, the ATC is home to a number of excellent research facilities, such as:
The ATC's cutting-edge architectural design includes the Smart Structures Laboratory's transparent walls. On the Burwood Road street front, the public and passers-by can watch as scientists and engineers test the integrity of construction materials and structures of the future using advanced equipment.
We took this approach to ensure our intensely technological endeavours were on show. We invite the public to look in and engage with our passion for technology and innovation.
As so many of our research collaborations here at Swinburne University of Technology deal with the development of more eco-efficient technology, we also opted for a design that embodied sustainability principles. Sustainability initiatives include the use of recycled materials, a thermal-mass insulating façade, rainwater capture, lighting that adjusts in response to natural daylight levels and the building’s management system which, through its link to the Bureau of Meteorology, can predict changes in weather.
The ATC was the first education building in Australia to be awarded a 5-star green star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.