RMIT Melbourne Campus Building 88 (Levels 5+6) that located in Melbourne, Australia, was designed by Spowers. Each project space is a different shape, size, orientation and situated with regard to access, natural light and its relationship to other spaces. Studio and project groups can be timetabled into a chosen space depending on their size and working method. Informal, unenclosed rooms / areas of different types are formed between the project spaces, allowing flexible space to be naturally subdivided and used. In exhibition mode, open and enclosed spaces work together as a whole.
The most evident sustainability principle employed in this fitout is adaptive re-use. Limited demolition of the existing tenancy was required to enable a clear floor area. The ceiling grid and services were maintained – the former with some removal of ceiling tiles to expose thermal mass. Through careful location of the project space ‘boxes’ away from the east and west glazed edges enabled deep penetration of natural light into and around the studio spaces.