Features of the Garden Building and Terraces
The Garden Building, outside buildings 8 and 10, is characterised by its greenery. The four-level open-sided structure is an open garden space designed for year-round use. A feeling of abundance will be created by TCL’s proposed landscaping strategy: planting colourful variety and ‘small edible plants’; working with available light levels and microclimates; and horticultural change as one moves up the different levels of the structure. Rooftop terrace and lower level balconies are oriented in different directions to respond to light and view. It’s designed to be used all year round and utilises cutting edge eco-design.
There are two new roof terraces in the New Academic Street development – above Casey and Gillespie in-fill buildings. Each is designed to provide different opportunities and environments for staff and student. These diverse spaces respond to the adjacent designs for the buildings.
The roof terrace above the Casey Building will be an active and dynamic meeting space, composed of vibrantly planted raised garden beds, continuous seating areas and sculpted landforms. It reflects its architectural context, carrying the design of Casey Building’s folded and louvered facades into the outdoor space.
The roof terrace above the Gillespie plaza will be a passive, green environment. The planted rooftop landscape will be a textured field of evergreen plant such as low ferns and bamboos, complimented by flowering groundcover species. Test garden beds have been designed with RMIT’s Green Roof Research team and will provide opportunities for ‘living laboratories’.
Bowen Terrace will be the new heart to the Campus’s external spaces. It is comprised of a recycled Australian timber decked surface, bluestone paving and new street furnishings – including custom seating, bins drinking fountains and bike racks. Flora species selection addresses the City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy to ensure resilience of species for the site’s conditions.
The Terrace has been designed to allow for major events such as graduation and orientation – where large crowds will be able to use the space unencumbered. The space will also be utilised for smaller events – such as student clubs or music days – and day-to-day activities – such as dining, meeting, learning, seating and studying.