With over 40 years of experience as one of Australia’s leading tertiary education providers, Deakin has won numerous awards and teaches over 60,000 students each year. They offer their students world-class programs and endless opportunities to live and work in a connected evolving world.

The Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus saw the completion of their new Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) building, project managed by Kane Constructions. IISRI’s engineering and IT researchers provide robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients such as the aerospace, automotive, defence, security, logistics and health insurance.

The innovative Lichen Collection was chosen for this project; Macro Bloom, Micro Bloom and Groundcover were the products used from this collection in the colour Iceland Moss. The Lichen Collection is inspired by assemblages of multi-hued, multi-textured lichens and their regenerative role in our ecosystem. The Lichen Collection is on the path to give more resources back than it uses during its entire life cycle, as demonstrated in its Living Product Challenge Certification.

Flooring is one of the largest surfaces within a space and can greatly influence the design, forwarding the biophilic goal for the built environment. Humans spend more than 90% of their time inside the built environment. Using nature as design inspiration is shown to reduce stress, improve comfort and reduce health and social problems. Research has proven that our attention capacity is restored when we connect with nature. Studies have demonstrated that biophilic educational spaces can improve performance and the wellbeing of both staff and students.


Project: Deakin Waurn Ponds IIRI Building
Products: Lichen Collection
Architects/Designer: H20
Installer: Choices by Fletchers
Builder: Kane Constructions
Photographer: Lee Bird Photography