RMIT Building 20

Former Magistrates Court Refurbishment

Client: RMIT University
Status: Commenced 2001

The Former Melbourne Magistrates Court was purchased by RMIT in 1997 to become part of the university’s executive headquarters. Constructed in 1911, this splendid heritage listed building is a unique example of the French Romanesque style as applied to law and justice buildings in Melbourne. The 3 main courts, the spectacular octagonal entry stair hall and central inner courtyard are well known spaces, having featured regularly in television and movie crime dramas. The building and its main suite of rooms has adapted well to its new uses, with minimal change to layouts or finishes. The most compelling aspect of the original interiors is the sublime sense of light that permeates the building.

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“The project transforms a drab and neglected city block… into an exciting and accessible series of courtyards and refurbished interiors. Its RMIT’s gift to the life of the city, a boon for students, staff, cultural tourists and the public”

 Chris White, Director Property Services, The Age 19 September 2002