South Lawn car park

Melbourne, Australia

South Lawn car park

The South Lawn car park is a parking garage at the University of Melbourne constructed in 1971–72 using an innovative reinforced concrete shells with parabolic profiles supported on short columns structural system designed by Jan van der Molen, an engineer. The car park was added to the Victorian Heritage Register on 6 April 1994.

The car park was proposed in the university Campus Master Plan prepared by Bryce Mortlock in 1970, partly to deal with increased demand for parking while retaining the landscape character of the core part of the university. Loder and Bayley, in association with Harris, Lange and Partners, were commissioned to prepare the designs, with Jan van der Molen as engineer in charge. Ellis Stones and Ronald Rayment, the first graduates of a landscape design course in Victoria, undertook the landscape design both above the car park and along the edges facing the Baillieu Library and John Medley Building.

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