RMIT Biosciences

RMIT Biosciences

“…a building made powerful by a complexity of texture and detail, the clever
manipulation of light and internal circulation spaces, and a masterly understanding
of how to assemble a restricted palette of materials to create memorable
architecture.” RAIA Awards Jury

RMIT’s Biosciences Building at its Bundoora campus, northeast of Melbourne, has
received the most prestigious national architecture award from the Royal Australian
Institute of Architects (RAIA). The RAIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings
awarded to the best building in Australia for that year, follows the RAIA’s
Victorian Chapter Architecture Award.

In the rational planning that inevitably develops in laboratory design John Wardle
believes it is important to remember the spaces that connects them, the corridors
and lobbies. “These are often the meeting places of the building’s community. They
are the settings for the exchange of ideas. They provide the opportunity for what
can be described as accidental research.”

RMIT Biosciences Building fostered these possibilities with large spill-out areas
linked with passageways and break-out conversation areas that are suspended from the

Built at a cost of $25m, the 10,000sqm, two-storey building stretches for 160
metres, and houses 20 teaching and research laboratories and associated research and
administrative facilities.

John Wardle Pty Ltd Architects and DesignInc In Association

Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings, RAIA National Award
Best New Institutional Building, RAIA Award


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