Sean Godsell Architects
Project Architect / Lead Partner
RMIT Design Hub
Felicetti Pty Ltd (Structural and Civil engineer), Aecom (Services Engineer), Davis Langdon (Quantity Surveyor), Phillip Chun and Associates ( Building Surveyor),Sean Godsell Architects ( Landscape),Sean Godsell Architects ( Interior Design), Permasteelisa Pty Ltd ( Façade Contractor),Aurecon Pty Ltd (Project Manager)
Education + Research
The purpose of the Design Hub is to provide accommodation in one building for a diverse range of design research and postgraduate education. RMIT is a world leader in design research however post graduates are currently dissipated across various campuses and facilities. The Hubl provides a collegial research base where post graduates in fields such as fabric and fashion design work alongside those involved in architecture, aeronautical engineering, industrial design, landscape architecture, urban design and so on. The Hub has a large number of ESD features and incorporates strategies of water, waste and recycling management that are the equal of any ESD focussed building on the planet. In particular the outer skin of the Hub incorporates automated sun shading that includes photovoltaic cells, evaporative cooling and fresh air intakes that improve the internal air quality and reduce running costs. The cells have been designed so that they can be easily replaced as research into solar energy results in improved technology and part of the northern façade is actually dedicated to ongoing research into solar cells to be conducted jointly by industry and RMIT. The entire building façade, in other words, has the capacity to be upgraded as solar technology evolves and may one day generate enough electricity to run the whole building.
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