Curtin University Stepped Learning Space

A brand new gathering space south of the Curtin library has become an inviting stepped learning space. The REALMstudios’ design opens-up the concealed library entry by pulling back an existing retaining wall that had previously constricted movement and sight lines. A series of comfortable seating terraces for social gathering and with attractive views over Henderson Court are also established.


Working closely with the heritage material palette of the library (red brick and concrete) the project achieves both a strong connection to and sympathy with the library building whilst also being innovative and unique in its radial layout and design detailing – proving that you can respect heritage and activate simultaneously.


Existing trees are retained and new ones planted within decking to provide a green and cool place to sit and study or catch up with colleagues and friends. The space has been an instant success



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Geraldton Botanic Gardens; Bringing Community and Tourists Together to Celebrate the Regions Flora.

Through an ambitious and community-driven process REALMstudios, in partnership with Vigilante Landscape Architecture, has developed a visionary plan for the Friends of Greater Geraldton (FroGGs) community group and their concept for a Geraldton based Botanic Garden celebrating the regions botanical heritage.


The combined botanic and community garden model is envisaged as a place for engaging with the wonders of Western Australia’s Mid-West region and as a tourism gateway for the nationally recognised wildflower trail. An educational agenda is also central to the project.Concept Diagramsx4_FOR WEB

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The spatial qualities of the garden build from 4 key organisational elements distilled from landscapes of the region and applied to Maitland Park, being: salt pans, drainage patterns, cadastral boundaries/road lines, and geological uplift. The master plan develops a staging and costing rationale to guide the development and evolution of the gardens in the coming years.


Important to the success of this project is community engagement, participation and support. FroGGs continue their broad-based discussions, input and feedback with a variety of stakeholders and are now in consultation with the City of Greater Geraldton to make this a reality.

The project is a magnificent opportunity for Geraldton in terms of community and economic development, education and urban activation.

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