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School of Design and the Built Environment

Project overview

The new facility for The School of Design and the Built Environment (DBE) will be the first development within Curtin’s new precinct, Exchange. The precinct represents the first concentrated stage of development to be delivered in response to the Greater Curtin Master Plan.

The five-storey facility will include dedicated learning and research spaces, a makerspace and workspace for DBE staff in addition to industry, retail and exhibition space. Sitting at the heart of the building is a stunning courtyard, designed to celebrate the DBE community and foster connection.

Artistic impression of the School of Design and the Built Environment (DBE)

Designed by John Wardle Architects, the facility will be an exemplar of sustainable design and civic place-making – designed to support interdisciplinary collaboration and showcase creativity and innovation. Most importantly, Building 418 will serve as a ‘Living Laboratory’ that will enrich the student experience and enable research opportunities.

Construction of Curtin’s new facility for The School of Design and the Built Environment Construction is anticipated to commence in Quarter 2 2019, with the facility due for completion within two years.

Project features

  • Diverse mix of technology-rich formal, informal and specialist learning and teaching spaces including computer and virtual reality labs
  • Level 4 provides extensive open plan workspace for DBE staff supported by quiet break-out zones and meeting rooms
  • Dynamic ground floor featuring exhibition space, collaboration hub, makerspace and retail. With multiple entry points and central courtyard, this building has been designed to ensure vibrancy and permeability
  • Industry space can be found on Levels 1, 2, 3 and 5. These areas will be available for lease by complementary commercial tenants and demonstrates the University’s commitment to industry partnerships and collaboration
  • Structural elements and mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services are exposed in key learning areas to serve as a unique teaching tool that will allow students to understand how buildings function
  • DBE’s School culture and identity has been heavily shaped by its home in Building 201 – more specifically, by the ground level ‘Blue Carpet,’ which has become well known as an ever-changing space for practical learning, displays, discussions and social gatherings. The influence of the ‘Blue Carpet’ can be seen throughout the new facility and serves as a meaningful reflection of the School’s culture
  • Targeting a 6-Star Green Star Design & As Built sustainability rating, the facility includes features such as a double façade system and thermochromic glazing to reduce heat, rainwater harvesting system, water efficient fixtures and fittings and 180-200kW of solar photovoltaic panels

Project benefits

The new facility for The School of Design and the Built Environment represents exemplary standards in design, embedding pedagogy in the built-form and showcasing Curtin’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and the effective convergence of learning, teaching, research and industry.

Sitting at the heart of Exchange, the facility will also play a critical role in the development of a vibrant innovation precinct.