Melbourne is embracing RMIT University's new urban sport and recreational pop-up, which has brought a vacant CBD site to life.
The $1.2 million project has temporarily transformed a former car park with multi-use sports courts, contemporary landscaping features, BBQ facilities, table tennis, WiFi and bike parking.
The 2,800 square metre site is open for use by RMIT students and staff, as well as the wider Melbourne community.
Professor Gardner said the vibrant public space was part of the continued revitalisation of the RMIT Quarter of the CBD.
"RMIT has invested more than $700 million in capital works across our campuses in recent years, fostering outstanding design and creating spaces that surprise and inspire," Professor Gardner said.
"While RMIT A'Beckett Urban Square triples sporting facilities for staff and students on our City campus, it is a space that also welcomes the whole community.
"This is the hallmark of RMIT's approach to urban design - creating permeable and integrated spaces that connect the University with the city and its people."
Located behind RMIT's award-winning Swanston Academic Building (SAB), the square features two full-size courts and two half-courts that can be used for sports including basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton and futsal.
The site also features a specially commissioned large-scale artwork by contemporary Melbourne artist Ash Keating.
The work - titled Natural System Response - provides an encompassing backdrop for the space, with verdant green representing an urban forest and searing red the desert landscape.
The Peter Elliott Architects-designed urban pop-up will occupy the site temporarily, with the site flagged for future development by RMIT.
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