RMIT’s enormous, $220-million New Academic Street project is finally complete.
Proudly project managed by Donald Cant Watts Corke, the RMIT New Academic Street five-firm design consortium comprising Lyons Architecture, NMBW, Maddison, MvS, and Harrison and White is finally complete.
Working closely with RMIT to achieve the university’s goals of achieving a modern building with an unprecedented focus on students, this major project has transformed the RMIT city campus into an organised, vibrant collection of buildings.
Embarking on a bold project of adaptive re-use, the previous 1960s buildings were transformed into an environmentally sustainable and functionally flexible building that drew from iconic Melbourne imagery and cutting-edge technology for its design. As well as serving students with its diversity of spaces, New Academic Street re-establishes a long-lost connection between RMIT and Melbourne CBD, incorporating community areas intended for wider use.
“We’ve used an existing structure to make something new, instead of knocking it down and starting from scratch,” says RMIT on the effort of the architectural consortium.
The 32,000-square metre building is also targeting a Green Building Council Green Star 5-star ‘interiors’ rating – and it will be one of the first educational facilities to be rated.