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New Academic Street, RMIT University

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

City of Melbourne | C56

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.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Tours every 30 minutes from 10am, starting and finishing from the Media Portal (corner of Swanston and Franklin St). No booking required.

Tours will go for ~50 minutes. All of the architects were closely involved in the design of the project.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Swanston Library, Bowen Terrace, Retail Precinct, Media Precinct, RMIT Connect.

  • Tour Details: Every 30 minutes from 10am, starting and finishing from the Media Portal (corner of Swanston & Franklin St). Tours will go for ~50 minutes. All of the architects were closely involved in the design of the project.

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 2015 - 2017

  • Website: lyonsarch.com.au

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

  • Photo Credit: Justin Westwood, Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

  • Tour Type: Guided and self-guided - no booking required.

Location

402 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000, VIC

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