Positioned on either side of the central space, within the sheltering screen, are located the Council Chamber and the executive offices of the Vice Chancellor, held in visible democratic balance either side of the vista and connecting bridge.
In counterpoint with the Chancellery is the linear structure that accommodates the School of Business teaching and offices spaces. In another interpretation of the landscape, the ground plane has been extended and bent up into a gentle slope that looks back to the rising forms of the Chancellery. This form is made from the material of the earth: clay brick and concrete packed together to create an enclosing, bowl-like open space with seating for events or informal meeting and gathering. Intersecting this artificial landscape slope are metal enclosures accommodating the academic offices. These orthogonal forms look back towards the Chancellery and city beyond through a metal veil of automatic louvres that shield the sun.
The organic forms of the architecture have been developed to appear to rise almost 'naturally' out of the landscape itself and to represent and embody the values and aspirations of the university. Equally important is the transformation of this site into an urban focus and catalyst for a dense future campus that defines a series of symbolic, open, public spaces, of democratic nature.
This project at Joondalup demonstrates two key aspects of the work of fjmt: topographic placemaking and a sustainable approach to local climatic conditions.
- Kenneth Frampton
Architects in Association: HASSELL