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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more information or to become a member of FroGG’s: email: froggsgeraldton@gmail.com

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