Walking past RMIT, diagonally across from the refurb of Melbourne Central, and opposite Joseph Reed’s State Library of Victoria, is a large blob. A green one at that. Polarising the community, this is in fact a building by one of Melbourne’s most prominent architecture firms, ARM, who describe it as the “Green Brain.” Given the purpose of the building – the first port of call to obtain information about studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) – the design intent is an apt translation of purpose into form. The refurbishment of the existing building is much more extensive than simply an addition of a large bulbous object and congruent awning; you can about it here on their website.
While not strictly within the CBD grid, we may make mention of it in Tour 3: Modernism to Contemporary architecture – for more details, click here.