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This explanatory building explores the expressive characteristics of academia and printing technology.

It completes the campus frontage and exhibits its purpose with both its industrial elements and educational processes on continual display. The program of the training workshop spaces are set on two levels, each dedicated to the teaching of separate printing processes.

A continuous concourse provides a thoroughfare to each space and the central open area of the campus. The open glazed concourse also provides a venue for the exhibition and celebration of student work.

All areas on the first floor are linked via a single suspended walkway that is formed as a constant strand spanning the length of the building. The necessity of this spatial arrangement is developed into a building profile that expresses characteristics like that of an industrial extrusion.

The two ends of the building to the north and south are treated as cut ends of this extruded strand with all of the characteristics of the interior revealed as if sliced to a required length.

The west elevation comprises  massive concrete columns on the ground floor which are set within an uninterrupted low level glazed curtain wall, exposing the systems and printing machinery of the training workshops. On the first floor repeated concrete precast panels are interrupted only by a few discrete insertions, characterising the spaces within.

Jointing repeated between each precast panel provides an interlocking shape suggestive of a finely detailed mortice.

  • Project Team JWA in association with Demaine Partnership
  • Client RMIT University
  • Location Brunswick, Victoria
  • Distance from JWA 4.9km
  • Procurement Invitation
  • Project Duration 1998 – 2000
  • Floor Area 3000 sqm
  • Selected Awards
  • William Wardell Award for New Institutional Building, RAIA Victoria 2000
  • Commendation for Public Buildings, RAIA National Architecture Awards 2000 
  • Public Buildings Category, Du Pont Antron Design Awards 2000 

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