Swanston Street Activation

Feasibility Study

Client: RMIT University
Status: Complete 2010
Location: Swanston St, Melbourne

RMIT University occupies a pivotal location at the northern end of the Swanston Street civic spine. Since the mid 1990’s RMIT has been progressively opening up and connecting the campus to the city through the urban spaces project.  The group of twelve-storey grey 1960’s buildings on the east side of Swanston remains as a blank and impenetrable wall to the campus. The feasibility study investigated the transformation of these buildings into a student active place connecting Swanston Street directly up to the Bowen Street campus level and the spaces within. The refurbishment would transform the heart of the campus by integrating student services, the library, food & retail venues, study and gathering spaces into an exciting student focused place. The project is progressing to the next stages of development now known as the “New Academic Street”.