RMIT Storey Hall
Architects: Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Completed: 1995
Ian McDougall is an RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor, and alumni of the RMIT Architecture undergraduate program and the RMIT Master of Architecture - Invited Program
Howard Raggatt is an RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor and alumni of the RMIT Master of Architecture - Invited Program
































Architect's Statement:

Our brief from RMIT for Storey Hall was the creation of an international standard exhibition and auditorium facility, and one which could make a significant contribution to architectural theory and practice, and to the present and future identity of RMIT, its technological importance and leadership potential in Australia and the Asian Pacific region. In short a major new civic identity for the city campus.

Storey Hall includes two multi purpose theatres; the basement lecture theatre in the annex, and the 750 seat auditorium in the existing building, with a proscenium arch stage, flat main floor and tiered seating on the balcony. Both theatres are designed to cater for very different functions ranging from one off guest lectures, conference or events such as rock bands or dinner dances, while still accommodating general lectures for RMIT courses.
Additionally the original classical building accommodates a world class exhibition space and art gallery, foyers and seminar rooms, student gallery, and cafe. The new six storey annex building adjoining the existing building provides foyers and circulation space, services, kitchen, and conference rooms on the top floor.

Complimenting the historic facade of Storey Hall on Swanston Street, the complex has a main entrance via the Annexe building, through a grotto like cave which seems to echo in contemporary form the classical arches of the grand original. Around the grotto large bronze tiles cover the facade of the new Annexe building, appearing close up as classical drapery and lace while from a distance suggesting the new geometry of chaos theories. Tinted many shades of green inside and out, including a length of luminous green neon, the new complex reminds us of its Irish roots and the Working Man’s College, but it also conveys a thoroughly sustainable future in which strange new geometries and technological precision are everyday experience at the University in the City, RMIT.


Awards:

RMIT Storey Hall
Architects: Ashton Raggatt McDougall
winner:
RAIA National Interior Architecture Award, 1996
winner:
RAIA Victorian Architecture Medal, 1996
winner
RAIA William Wardell Award for Institutional Architecture, 1996
winner:
RAIA Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture, 1996
winner
National Award
Dulux Colour Awards, 1996


Articles:

RMIT Storey Hall
Property Services: Projects and Planning
RMIT Website, 2006

RMIT Storey Hall (online archive)
Doug Evans, Editor
Aardvark, Vol 3,
RMIT Publishing, 1996

Storey Hall
Architects: Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Reviewer: Norman Day
Architecture Australia, Jan/Feb 1996


"Cover image of Transition #51"

RMIT Storey Hall: The Remaking of the University
Leon van Schaik, Ed
Transition 51/52 Special Issue, 1996

Peter Kohane
“Ashton Raggatt and McDougall’s imitative architecture: real and imaginary paths through Storey Hall" in
RMIT Storey Hall: The Remaking of the University
Leon van Schaik, Ed
Transition 51/52 Special Issue, 1996, p. 8-15