2019 Melbourne Design Awards - Gold
Interior Design - Public or Institutional
Redhill Institute collaborated with CIA designs to create a unique learning environment on Level 14 in the 120 Spencer St building, in Melbourne. The space was designed to connect with the other levels of this private tertiary education provider, while maintaining its own identity.
Level 14 offers a unique learning experience with the incorporation of the Study Press Cafe as a training facility for students. The cafe provides students the opportunity to train as real baristas - a rite of passage in a Melburnian’s tertiary life - and allows them to develop skills which are valuable in the real world.
Redhill’s branding is intricately woven into the interior design of the floor. This private tertiary institute offers a corporate environment for learning, that has a sophisticated finish and feels like somewhere between a workplace and a school. There was a need to achieve a good balance between a bold and dramatic colour palette and the warmth of timber accents throughout the interior.
Student library needed to provide a variety of flexible study and work areas. This was achieved by creating multi-use zones which varied from expanded group spaces to private booths for smaller collaborations. Criterion’s Platinum 90 was used throughout the floor as the main partition system. Its ability to create flexible spaces and adapt to high-end aesthetics in commercial spaces made it perfectly suited for Redhill’s interior design. Aurora Aluminium Doors were selected in this fitout, which are strong, durable and low maintenance in high traffic settings.
As well as meeting functional and aesthetic standards, CIA designs opted for Australian-made materials where possible and sustainability was a key consideration to the planning and delivery of this project. This was one of the reasons why Criterion’s products fit in perfectly with the solutions that were being sought.
Photographer: Dianna Snape