Features of the Arcades and Laneways
Transforming the student experience
NAS is completely transforming how students and staff engage with the city campus, with porous laneways that cut through the floor plan and create inherently clear way-finding and urban experiences – just like in the surrounding city. While creating vistas is key; the main idea driving the project is to ‘surgically open up’ a whole group of previously ‘impenetrable’ buildings to foot-traffic as well as introducing new uses – such as innovative food and beverage, modular student spaces and cutting edge technology.
NAS main entrance
A new major entry point for RMIT University; the New Academic Street intersects with Swanston Street right where most people want to enter the campus, directly beneath Building 8’s impressive facade. A series of stairs and escalators lead from a small public plaza at street level to a new and open level four. This entry is clear and unambiguous, ‘signalling the activities of the University to the city and inviting everyone to enter’.
Laneways and other entries
As well as the major campus entry at the base of building 8, two new secondary laneway entrances have been built for Buildings 10 and 12. By providing multiple smaller openings that link Swanston and Bowen Streets directly, NAS has added a positive urban complexity to the scale of the block. The laneways have been paved in blue stone to match CBD’s famous laneways and highlight the ‘publicness’ of the NAS precinct.