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RMIT Printing Building

The RMIT Printing facility at Brunswick is a 3,000 sqm academic and technical facility for the faculty of art, design and communication. The initial client brief to retain, restore and add to an existing two storey brick building on the site . However careful analysis showed that the cost of achieving the demanding technical requirements of the brief within the existing building envelope brief exceeded the cost of a new building. What was initially envisaged as a refurbishment became a new purpose built facility for printing training at no additional cost. The cost effectiveness of the solution was reflected in the $1,040/m2 building construction cost. The building embodies careful consideration of thermal loads, utilizing motorized blinds to control solar gain and using the sloping clear glazing to generate convective ventilation effects. A concrete and steel framed structure is faced with carefully selected cladding materials, including tinted and clear framed and planar glazing systems, white quartz precast concrete panels and standing seamed steel sheet .

Principal Consultants

Demaine Partnership with John Wardle Architects


RMIT University

Building Type

Teaching facilities, printing facilities

Time to complete

9 months