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Curtin University North Plant Building and Lecture Theatre Bentley, Australia

Curtin University North Plant Building and Lecture Theatre

Bentley, Australia


The University asked the team at Buchan to design and deliver a number of projects to help it deliver excellence and strengthen its position as a leading global university.

Buchan’s innovative design for the new North Plant building provides additional heating and cooling capacity for the expanding campus. It resolves architecturally as a large, sculptural form. Pre-finished, pre-cast concrete walls provide structural, material and erection economies with low maintenance. Screens surrounding the cooling towers to address acoustic requirements are faced with a selection of composite metal finishes chosen to create a striking façade that will age over time.

Buchan’s design for Lecture Theatre 213 comprises two 200-seat lecture theatres totalling approximately 1,000sqm. The building sits between the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the existing Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre Complex, both designed by Buchan. A dramatic covered way on the south side links the new building to the existing lecture theatre and intersects a landscaped corridor between the two buildings.

Sustainability and energy use are a focus, with generous overhangs to the eastern, western and southern glazed areas, and minimal solar exposure to the internal spaces of the building.


  • Client /Curtin University of Technology
  • Discipline /AR
  • Sector /Commercial
  • Region /Australia
  • Team / Lou Cotter
  • Awards / RAIA WA Chapter Award 2007, Commendation, AIA Awards (WA), Public / Institutional Category 2009