ECU – Building B34

Client: Edith Cowan University  |  Status: Completed 2015

The primary objectives of the landscape treatment of Building 34 were to create a highly aesthetic, comfortable and functional environment, mitigating harsh climatic conditions, and minimising the recurrent expenditure through the establishment of a low maintenance landscape, particularly the use of an efficient irrigation system throughout. The location and orientation of Building 34 have resulted in the creation of distinct landscape precincts, namely the Forum, Market Place, North Entry Court, Kurongkurl Katitjin Court, Northern Court, Perimeter Landscape, and the Level 2 Podium. These zones are linked using a consistent materials palette, thereby creating a coherent and functional design, whilst displaying their own character to suit the individual forms and functions of each space. Introduction of seating nodes and umbrellas adjacent the Lecture Theatre and near Building 5 courtyard creates additional seating/gathering opportunities for students and staff.

The Forum acts as a main focal point for the site with outdoor theatre incorporating stage and screen, terraced decking, open lawn area and shade trees. Spotted Gums planted at Level 1 and extending through the opening in the podium deck, form one of the distinct features of this space. The forum is intended to provide students/staff with a major day and night social gathering space. The Market Place comprises an open flexible space that acts primarily as a gathering and meeting place with access to the building and external areas for the majority of the time, yet has been designed to accommodate a market function at set times. The space is punctuated by a tree grove that emerges from the ground-plane and extends through an opening in the podium structure above.

 

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