Got An Itch? This Spiky Campus Building Has Got Your Back
November 12, 2012
All photos © Lyons
This is definitely not your typical study hall. Australian architecture and design firm Lyons recently completed a jagged, mirror-like building for Melbourne-based tech University, RMIT. The Swanston Academic Building’s angular, reflective facade–almost like EPCOT unpacked–shines like a (downtown) disco-ball, with splashes of color thrown in for fun. The pointed, three-dimensional tessellations form shadows that spill over the sides of the building itself and on the sidewalk below. Read more.
The facade’s zig-zag motif continues inside, bringing a dynamic energy to the building’s interior. Brightly colored staircases lead to hallways lined with geometric shapes, creating a fun and exciting environment for students to enjoy between grueling labs and classes. Open study areas are also vibrantly designed and lit to encourage social interactions.
The 11-story building is one of the largest learning centers in all of Australia. Classrooms range in size, including a 30-person conservation lab to a 360-seat lecture hall.
The Swanston Academic Building is also dedicated to sustainability. It received a 5-star green rating for its energy efficient practices and reduced water use.