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RMIT University’s Design Hub wins three major architecture awards

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RMIT University’s Design Hub has won three major architecture awards.

The building has been recognised in Victoria and internationally, winning the top prize at this year’s Victorian Architecture Awards and listed among the world’s top green projects for 2013.

The design team of Sean Godsell Architects in conjunction with Peddle Thorp Architects was awarded the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, as well as the Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture, at the Victorian Architecture Awards.

Judges praised the building’s “expression of the purity of an architect’s idea in an elegant and harmonised composition”.

The Design Hub at RMIT also recently won a Green Good Design Award from the European Centre for Architecture Design and Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture.

The Green Good Design awards recognise the world’s top 100 architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning , product design and graphics projects, together with visionary leaders, foundations.


Interior of the Design HubThe building is one of Melbourne’s distinctive architectural landmarks.

The RMIT  Design Hub will be among the winners from 18 nations featured in an award exhibition held at the Chicago Athenaeum’s museum in Athens, Greece, in September.

With its distinctive façade of 16,000 sand-blasted glass disks, the 10-level Design Hub has become one of Melbourne’s most distinctive architectural landmarks.

The $80 million building, which was supported by a $28.6 million grant from the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund, brings together top design academics, industry practitioners and postgraduate researchers in a cross-disciplinary collaborative hub.

When fully occupied, the building will be home to about 250 academics and postgraduate researchers from a wide range of areas such as interior design, textiles and fashion design, engineering and urban design.

The Design Hub is also home to Australia’s largest network of spaces for the exhibition and presentation of design, with its first international touring exhibition – Walter Van Beirendock Dream the World Awake – opening this month (17 July-5 October).

Created by the MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, the innovative exhibition is the jewel in the crown of the Design Hub’s inaugural events program and is travelling outside Belgium for the first time thanks to the philanthropic leadership of Naomi Milgrom AO.


People working at a desk inside the Design Hub;ID=236k7be930sp1For more information on RMIT and their architecture programs, contact KOM Consultants.