MIT The Argus Building

Inside the shell of the former Argus newspaper building is the new flagship campus for Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT). The generous spatial qualities of this 1920s building offered a unique opportunity to create a landmark learning environment, equalling the Argus’s iconic city street presence on the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth streets.

Our vision was to restore the heritage-listed Beaux-Arts façade, while connecting ground level to the street with retail and other interactive uses. Internally, a diverse program of light-filed spaces includes: lecture theatres, library and learning commons, computer laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and ground floor retail.

The existing structure enabled spaces of different size and volume to be designed with great purpose and effect. The first-floor mezzanine with its triple-volume breakout spaces, combines with internal landscape and enclosed teaching spaces, to offer an active learning and research centre, embraced by heritage walls.

A diverse palette of materials and colours integrates the old building program with the new, in a hierarchy of textures and visual cues that respond to innate human behaviours. As with many adaptive re-use projects, highly specific problems required new solutions to be found. Innovations in the Argus Building included:

  • A ground-level investigation of hazardous material with an encapsulating structural solution
  • Fire-engineered atrium solution, connecting vertically across eight levels
  • Twin lecture theatre with central operable wall to allow face-to-face 300-seat activities
  • Harvard-style lecture theatre and a range of interactive teaching spaces

The perfect combination of environmental design, technology and comfort. with a state-of-the-art library and learning commons and expansive learning environments that can merge into a single space.

Melbourne Institute of Technology

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne
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Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide

Wayne Dixon

DirectorAdelaide
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth

Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth
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Craig Tonkin

AssociateAdelaide

Craig Tonkin

AssociateAdelaide
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Jennifer Drake

AssociateAdelaide

Jennifer Drake

AssociateAdelaide
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Cameron Smith

AssociateMelbourne

Cameron Smith

AssociateMelbourne
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Jacqueline Urford

AssociateSydney

Jacqueline Urford

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne
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Cheryl Vandenberg

AssociateAdelaide

Cheryl Vandenberg

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Maria Mueller

Senior Interior DesignerPerth

Maria Mueller

Senior Interior DesignerPerth
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Amy Merritt

AssociateAdelaide

Amy Merritt

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Michelle Harris

AssociateMelbourne

Michelle Harris

AssociateMelbourne
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