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RMIT Swanston Academic Building’s Pixelated Facade Remixes the Melbourne Skyline

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 7, 2012 @ 5:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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It’s only fitting that a university specializing in technology and design would have a building inspired by a digital measurement – the pixel. The sprawling Swanston Academic Building is a pixelated reflection [2] of the cityscape surrounding it, and with a squint of the eye the scene seems to blend seamlessly.

The Swanston Academic Building’s walls are clad with curved and folded surfaces and “pixel” scales [3] that lend 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional properties to different edges of the structure. In some parts, the scales jut out, revealing a glass curtain beneath which filters in daylight without interrupting the design of the façade.

Inside, the space functions as both classroom and social area. Double-height lobbies invite students and guests to mingle, do homework, or take a rest in between classes. The pixelated theme [4] is carried through to the interior spaces as well – many feature the same scales used on the façade. Bright colors, geometric furniture, and flexible spaces make many of the floors accessible to both small classes and larger lectures. The RMIT Swanston Academic Building is an innovative learning pavilion that exemplifies the coursework taught inside.

+ Lyons Architecture [5]

Via Dezeen [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/scale-facade-building-is-based-on-pixelated-image-of-the-buildings-that-surround-it/lyons-rmit-swanston-academic-bldg4/

[2] pixelated reflection: http://inhabitat.com/habitat-67-montreals-prefab-pixel-city/

[3] “pixel” scales: http://inhabitat.com/jenga-like-bamboo-pixeltable-can-be-pushed-or-pulled-to-create-storage-space/

[4] pixelated theme: http://inhabitat.com/jay-watson-makes-pixelated-furniture-from-recycled-corian-samples/

[5] + Lyons Architecture: http://www.lyonsarch.com.au/rmit-university-swanston-academic-building/?b=1

[6] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/11/06/rmit-university-swanston-academic-building-by-lyons/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dezeen+%28Dezeenfeed%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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