RMIT BUILDING 8
Architects: Edmond & Corrigan Pty Ltd (Design Architects) in association with
The Demaine Partnership Pty Ltd
Completed: 1993
Peter Corrigan is an RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor, Architecture Lecturer and recipient of an RMIT Honorary Doctorate in 1993. He was the recipient of the RAIA Gold Medal Award, 2003, the highest professional accolade in the Australian architectural profession



















Architect's Statement:


The new Building 8 is a multi level education exchange. It is a fragment of the University that nonetheless stands for the whole. It contains the University Library, an enlarged Student Union, the Faculty of the Constructed Environment (the Schools of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape, Building, Planning & Policy, and a Centre for Design) and the Departments of Fashion and Mathematics. The character of the building had to be a positive educational influence.

The aim was to delight and break down the dominant and seamless city-wall 'mood' RMIT presented on Swanston Street. The building's front, side and rear elevations create a whole from fragments and a collage of design 'ideas'. It presents itself to the city on its own terms.

The building engages the idea of uniting opposites. It demurs to Melbourne's built past: memories of Walter Burley Griffin, the Manchester Unity, the Block Arcade, the Shrine et alia are fleetingly seen in its aesthetic.

It was described by a national architectural commentator as a building that `thinks it's a city'. The building is widely recognised nationally as being distinctively Melbourne in character and idea. This strong sense of regional identity and pride is no small achievement in this 'international' era.


Awards:

RMIT Building 8
Architects: Edmond & Corrigan Pty Ltd (Design Architects) in association with The Demaine Partnership Pty Ltd
winner:
RAIA Walter Burley Griffin National Award for Urban Design, 1995
winner:
RAIA Vic Chapter Award for Institutional Alterations & Extensions, 1995
winner:
RAIA Vic Chapter Medal, 1995
winner:
City of Melbourne Award for Institutional Buildings, 1995.


Articles:

Building 8: Edmond & Corrigan at RMIT
Leon van Schaik (ed)
Melbourne: Schwartz/Transition, 1996.
3 volume monograph on the Edmond and Corrigan practice.

Peter Kohane
“Clothing the institution: Edmond and Corrigan’s RMIT Buiding 8”
in Building 8: Edmond and Corrigan at RMIT, Vol. 1
eds. L. van Schaik
Melbourne: Schwarz- Transition, 1996, p. 50-7

RMIT Building 8
Edmond & Corrigan
Doug Evans, Editor
Aardvark, Vol. 3, 1996

Hamann, Conrad,
Cities of Hope
Oxford University Press, 1993