The Curtin University Midland Campus was awarded The Hillson Beasley Award for Educational Architecture AIA (WA Chapter) 2020.
The three-storey facility totalling approximately 3000 square metres features state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces including immersive simulation based environments for Health Science disciplines. Key users of the facility include the Curtin Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health programs.
The architecture and landscape design concept have been developed to express the rich indigenous and industrial context of the Midland Railway Workshop precinct as well as reflecting the monumental built form and materiality typical of the Curtin Bentley Campus.
The landscape has been designed to address the educational, social, heritage and environmental influences that relate to the campus and its context. These influences take the form of four threads that are woven through the site to shape external study and landscape spaces and bind the campus into its context whilst ensuring that the values and objectives of the University are captured.
The landscape will provide a variety of publicly accessible open spaces including Blacksmith Lane, the campus green, and an indigenous yarning space. Heritage interpretation is included throughout the site linking to the workshops, together with endemic planting reflecting the site’s location on the edge of the Helena River. Indigenous medicinal gardens and biophilic planting within the building envelope are included to reflect the health focus of the facility