The Building

RMIT Design Hub and Design Archives, RMIT University
Photography: Earl Carter

Over ten levels, RMIT Design Hub houses the RMIT Design Hub Gallery, RMIT Design Archives and the RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design. The building includes research, teaching and learning spaces, workshops, a lecture theatre and four rooftop pavilions. Here, researchers and students design, prototype, experiment, read, write, develop, discuss and assess their creative practice both within the School and with creative and industry partners.  In addition, an outdoor forecourt links the Design Hub Gallery and the RMIT Design Archives.

RMIT Design Hub Gallery is dedicated to exhibitions and programs that explore progressive projects and research across creative disciplines. We ask challenging questions about design’s role in the world today. Through exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, we explore the process of design – making space to imagine, test and risk new ideas together. 

Formed primarily out of glass, concrete, steel and black rubber, Design Hub is an environmentally smart building. A high-performance skin of 17,000 semi-translucent, sandblasted glass cells deliver energy efficiency and a high quality indoor atmosphere. The building is designed for rainwater and storm water harvesting and incorporates a grey water treatment facility and a computer-based control system monitoring the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment.