Client: RMIT University
Throughout its 120 year history RMIT University have been a proud advocate for innovative and thoughtful architectural outcomes in all of their facilities. Their city campus is a collection of buildings which reflect the institution’s evolution and actively contribute to the vitality of Melbourne.
Adding to, or modifying, this collection imbues a responsibility in appreciating the legacy of the historic context as well as taking the educational solutions forward.
Spowers’ long association with RMIT extends from their Melbourne City Campus to their international campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam.
With the combined efforts of designers, user groups, stakeholders and Property Services, we have been instrumental in creating new educational models and environments that have considerably improved the way RMIT deliver education.
Building 94, Melbourne Campus
A collaborative, technology rich, immersing studio style environment created within an existing building. This state-of-the-art project features many innovative solutions which could not have been achieved without a thorough stakeholder consultation process.
Melbourne Campus, Victoria
A series of decanting strategies to enable the development of the NAS (New Academic Street) Project. Spowers was required to identify appropriate space relocations and provide Business Case Solutions for eight different projects.
Prototype Learning Spaces
Building 10, Melbourne Campus
As part of the Building 9 project, we constructed a prototype learning space to road test and refine an implemented solution. The room enabled proving of the layout, technology and an important demonstration space to engage and receive feedback from the user groups.
The final outcome was duplicated nine times in the final project, and has been so successful it has been rolled out across the University.
Building 37 Melbourne Campus, Victoria
An outcome of a whole of building feasibility to convert an existing sub-standard teaching space into office use for RMIT. This floor demonstrated a balanced mix between open plan and enclosed office space for academic staff. The planning and strategies followed on from the Building 9 model.
Building 87, Melbourne Campus, Victoria
A project that involved the vacation of three schools out of Building 87 into Building 4, 6 and 88 within the city campus. A complicated project as three schools were being relocated under the one ‘project banner’ into three quite distinctly different building – one of which was leased. The challenge was to ensure a balance of equity between the three ‘projects’ whilst still ensuring quality architectural & functional outcomes within tight time constraints.
This project was the consolidation of two existing campuses into one location. A new, modern, building which was predominantly office accommodation was chosen and refurbished. The use of shared teaching and student congregation spaces was provided as well as up to date teaching and computer facilities. The congregation spaces were on the perimeter of the building, which doubled up as a circulation space and provided a barrier between the outside environmnet and the air conditioned teaching spaces, allowing for a more efficient mechanical operation. The use of sustainable materials was specified where possible.
Creative Media Relocation
Building 36, Melbourne Campus
The project involved a consolidation of a school that teaches Photography, animation, multimedia, games, creative writing, film & television and research over a very short time frame. Housed over four floors within an existing RMIT leased building on the city campus the outcome established a clear identity and current best-practise facilities for the school through photography studios, teaching and exhibition spaces, research studios and administration offices. Integrating and embedding the technology within the pedagogy of the school was critical to the future success of the school. The project was completed in readiness for the start of semester 2008.