OurPlace is located at 222 Lonsdale Street across levels 5, 6 & centralising over 1,000 RMIT Operations Portfolio staff members into one collaborative workspace. At over 10,000 m2, the large floor plate is divided into neighbourhoods with various phrases, names and stories.
Indigenous Reconciliation was a key objective of OurPlace and was a fundamental part of the architect's design work. Throughout the design process, the OurPlace designers worked closely and often with Boon Wurrung elder Carolyn Briggs and Professor Mark McMillan the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Engagement. The materials and colours in the spaces represent the six Boon Wurrung seasons.
Embedding environmentally sustainable design and operational features were a priority for OurPlace and the fitout has achieved a 5 Star Green Star v1.2 Interiors rating. Achieving the 5 Star Green Star Interiors v1.2 rating has demonstrated that the design, construction and operations of OurPlace has met 'Australian excellence' sustainability standards.
Notable sustainability initiatives at OurPlace include:
- 100% of OurPlace electricity comes from renewable energy supplied from the newly built Crowlands windfarm in regional Victoria.
- Enhanced building automation to ensure that energy and water consumption is minimised. This includes; temperature and lighting control, and IT & AV equipment shut down after hours.
- The lighting control has been designed to maximise natural daylight in the space. - Particulate and toxins from paints, sealants, carpets, furniture and cleaning products have been minimised.
- Indoor plants have been evenly distributed throughout OurPlace to ensure that people still feel connected to nature when they are inside the building.