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New Academic Street, RMIT University

Architect: Lyons, MvS Architects, NMBW Architects, Harrison and White, Maddison Architects, Taylor Cullity Leathlean 2017

City of Melbourne | C14

Building Description

The New Academic Street project has recently transformed the heart of the RMIT University city campus, creating new facilities to deliver better services for students. The project has opened the campus to the surrounding streetscape, creating light-filled laneways, glass-roofed arcades, rooftop urban spaces, outdoor terraces, light wells, and efficient walkways between floors. The Swanston Library will double its capacity and provide more than 2,000 study spaces across multiple floors with access to fresh air and natural light. Three new entrances off Swanston Street lead to the central RMIT Connect which brings all the student services into one location and providing a more timely service to students. An extra 1,000 seats will be opened across a mix of innovative food, beverage, and essential retail spaces. A new media precinct will include state-of-the-art TV studios fitted with the latest broadcast technology, 4K UHD capabilities and more — enabling a new level of industry engagement for students, community stakeholders, and alumni. The New Academic Street project boasts the design prowess of five separate architecture firms, including, Lyons, MvS Architects, NMBW Architects, Harrison and White, and Maddison Architects.

What's On

Guided tours led by Lyons staff and volunteers

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm running 30 minutes in groups of 20.

  • Access: Fully accessible, pram accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Toilets available

  • Building Type: Education

  • Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)

  • Transport: Tram stop 7: RMIT University – Swanston St/Franklin St on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72

  • Website:

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of RMIT


402 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne VIC


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