Moving up in the world – a new home for Fashion and Textiles in the city

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The striking skylight feature in the new studio space on level 12, building 8, designed by Spowers.


Welcome back to the Houndstooth Wrap for 2018 – y
es, we have finally returned after a well-deserved break from story-telling and publishing.

So, we are beginning the Houndstooth year with celebrating the new F&T space in the city – WOAH… See the amazing images below…

The top floor in Building 8, designed by Peter Corrigan, formerly housed the studios of the School of Architecture and Design and its offices. It has now been specially re-purposed for F&T by Spowers architects with a team of builders from Schiavello. Level 12 is the new home for students and staff in the School of Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours), Bachelor of Textiles (Design) (Honours), and Masters of Fashion (Design).


The new floor plan enables a series of dynamic, adaptable and light-filled studio and break-out spaces, without losing any of the spirit of the original Corrigan design, such as the colourful tiling, referencing the now defunct Fitzroy football team. The vast studio spaces are enhanced by bold feature lighting and generous decorative skylights. One of the special features is a suspended ceiling frame that can be raised and lowered to exhibit hanging garments or cloths to act like a floating gallery space. Surrounding the studios, each equipped with cutting edge AV technology, a galley of sewing and construction machines merge technology with design spaces. There is also a student break-out and kitchen area, finished with terrazzo and velvet surfaces, and the new DSC Executive Meeting Room that includes a ‘black’ whiteboard.

Dean of School, Robyn Healy would like thank everyone involved in this exciting project. We welcome the School community to visit and enjoy the new spaces. To organise a visit, please contact Signe or Zara as follows:

Signe Vangsgaard – Acting School Manager: signe.vangsgaard@rmit.edu.au
Zara Piles – Personal Assistant to Dean of School: zara.piles@rmit.edu.au