RMIT New Academic Street


RMIT New Academic Street

RMIT has undertaken a significant redevelopment of its main academic buildings and library on Swanston Street using a consortia of leading architects. The project addresses key issues of the precinct, including reactivating the Swanston Street frontage, providing new links from this spine to Bowen Street, provide new library services and student services and a new food and retail heart.

TCL was commissioned as landscape architects and urban designers to design new student spaces along the Bowen Street Terrace. The design looks at consolidating this precinct as the student heart of the campus with a new timber terrace that will play host to events, markets, food and beverage services, as well as informal seating spaces.

New roof gardens are a feature of the project that demonstrate best practice in sustainable green roof technology and have links to ongoing research programs. They also provide tranquil spaces to study away from the busy atmosphere of the Swanston Library.

Project Awards
2019 AILA Award for Civic Landscapes
2018 Victorian Architecture Medal (AIA)
2018 Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design (AIA)
2018 Melbourne Prize (AIA)

Year 2017
Client RMIT University
Lyons, NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects

Photography Massimo Combi, Shannon McGrath

  • LOCATION : Victoria, Australia
  • CATEGORY : Education
  • YEAR : 2015 – 2019