RMIT Design Hub
Swanston Street, Parkville 3052.
- Constructed between 2007-11.
- Designed by Sean Godsell Architects in association with PeddleThorp Architects.
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The purpose of the 12,000m2 8-storey Design Hub is to provide accommodation within one building for a diverse range of design research and post graduate education at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). The Hub will provide a collegial research base where post graduates in fields such as fabric and fashion design will work alongside those involved in architecture, aeronautical engineering, industrial design, landscape architecture and urban design.
The Design Hub is located at the strategic north-west corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets on the former Carlton United Brewery (CUB) site.
The building is of steel and concrete construction and is externally decorated with rows of glass disks framed with metal rings. These provide a uniform appearance for the building.
The RMIT Design Hub has the following key features:
- Two basement levels and eight levels above the street
- Façade comprised of translucent, sandblasted glass cells with the capacity for solar technology to be incorporated into the cells
- Rain water harvesting
- Monitoring and public display of energy consumption
- Internal waste management system
- Open-plan, research warehouse spaces
- Exhibition spaces
- Design archive housing permanent collections
- 180-seat lecture theatre and seminar rooms
- 200-seat multi-purpose facility
- Rooftop seminar and function spaces