RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square has won an award for Urban Design at the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Once a vacant and underutilised space, A’Beckett Urban Square is now a vibrant recreational student space in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Located on the corner of A’Beckett and Stewart Streets, the square provides RMIT students with a central and modern space for ball sports, barbeques and relaxation, and has been eagerly adopted as a vibrant part of the University.
Chris Hewison, Executive Director of RMIT Property Services, said the site reinforces the University’s drive to provide students with an engaging, flexible and outstanding environment.
“We are delighted that A’Beckett Urban Square has been recognised for Urban Design by the Australian Institute of Architects,” he said.
“Our students’ enthusiastic use of the square illustrates that our focus on improving the student experience through carefully considered and creative spaces across our campuses is enormously effective.”
Hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Victorian Architecture Awards recognise architectural accomplishment at a regional and national level, and, within the Urban Design category, celebrate projects that have enhanced the quality of the built environment or contributed to the wellbeing of the broader community.
A’Beckett Urban Square was also Highly Commended in the Sustainable Design category.
Peter Elliot Architecture and Urban Design, the architects behind the square, aimed to develop the site as a piece of urban theatre in Melbourne’s CBD.
The square features an installation by Melbourne artist Ash Keating, titled Natural System Response.
This urban artwork is featured on the inward-facing walls of the square, providing an engaging an energetic backdrop to the space.
The square was officially opened to students and staff in June last year.