by Büro North
Büro North collaborated with Lyons Architects to deliver the signage and wayfinding for the new RMIT Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD. The $200m teaching facility now houses the College of Business and will undoubtedly redefine the built pedagogy of tertiary education.
Working closely with the Architects, we aimed to build on the current RMIT standards to create an innovative and world class solution that responds to the incredible interior of the building. The Lyons interior afforded a rich plethora of materials, finishes and forms for the design team to draw reference from.
The floorplate of each level is unique, responding to the views out and voids within the space. In response to this, our design challenge was to develop an efficient and unique system to guide people around the spaces, while maintaining sight lines and keeping information clear, simple and legible. The ribbon-like signage forms mimic the traffic flows within the space and responds to the key destinations in each area. The resulting signage is organic, functional and representative of the way people will move around each level in order to reach their destinations.