Framed by an external forecourt and featuring an exhibition foyer, 375 tiered seats and the latest in teaching and learning technology, the Edith Cowan University lecture theatre’s prominent position makes it a landmark building on the campus.
The theatre was designed according to a strict client brief which required it be distinguished from other buildings on the campus, play a central role in connecting students with the nearby library, and harmonising with the existing built form of the campus.
The distinctive shape of the building was developed from detailed studies into acoustics, with the internal space of the lecture theatre sculpted to optimise natural voice amplification. The theatre space was the catalyst for the project and as such, it is the heart of the building.
The building has a strong graphic presence on the campus with use of colour and distinct yet subliminal signage. The foyer outside the lecture theatre is an integral part of the building and functions as an intermediate filter between the theatre and external surrounds. Through the expansive glass façade, the foyer has a strong visual connection with the forum space and the library beyond.
The forum, nestled between the lecture theatre and library, is protected from the elements and invites users to take advantage of the space, allowing for formal and incidental interaction and communication. Students are encouraged to engage with soft and hard landscape elements and to use it as a meeting place, recreation and event space.
- Commendation – Design Institute of Australia, WA Chapter Awards 2008