Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use transport buildings (namely stations), as a part of the LXRP (Level Crossing Removal Project Victoria) as a case study.

Integrated design aims to empower architecture with engineering and technical performance, to produce “towards zero energy” facilities that will reduce operating costs and assist to combat climate change.

The IDS’s will generate improvements in integrated design processes as well as yielding design ideas for the building typologies they are concerned with. Renewable energy technologies will be a key focus.

Project title IDS-06 LXRP Transport Buildings
Project number IDS-06
Project location Melbourne
Lead partner University of Melbourne
Project partners AIRAH, Cox Architects, WSP
Project participants LXRP
Start date 07/2021
End date 05/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding $74,646
Total project cost $203,007


The design of transport dominated buildings differs from most buildings in that the lead design role is more usually filled by the engineer than the architect. As such they offer a unique insight into relations between the two professions. Further to this they are also public facilities operating in demanding 24/7 environments. Lessons learned in the study of such buildings will have wide applicability across urban built environments.

This studio will use two new station buildings planned for Edithvale and Chelsea as a case study in the application of integrated design to develop sustainable transport buildings. LXRP as client supported by WSP engineers and Cox Architects, along with University of Melbourne students and academics, will build upon skills they already have in the sector to push boundaries and explore what is possible in regard to zero carbon initiatives for transport infrastructure.


The Integrated Design Studios (of which this is one), will be carried out at a number of universities (UoM, QUT, and University of Wollongong), they provide an environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on different building typologies.

The IDSs bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by masters level students to explore integrated design. Output will include findings on how to best enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for transport infrastructure buildings.


This project is expected to contribute to the development of a robust integrated design process able to be extended to industry to change the way design traditionally occurs on projects improving carbon performance. It will also produce design ideas specific to public infrastructure transport-related buildings. The use of renewables technologies will be a key focus.

Additional impact

Integrated Design by its nature is an inclusive process that will produce designs that better serve society as a whole. As well as improved technical (energy) performance, design outcomes are expected to also provide increased community and societal benefits.

Project reports

IDS06 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS06 Lessons learnt report
IDS06 sub project knowledge sharing report
IDS06  MA Sustainable Stations
IDS06 Lessons Learnt Report v1.0

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 07/09/2021