This project involves innovative thinking about placemaking philosophies for universities. Stage 1 adds significant commercial and residential space to the Curtin University Campus.
ARM’s task was to develop specific guidelines from an existing masterplan, embellishing and adapting it to suit market requirements. The development guidelines consider precinct-level and lot-level design, place management and governance. We considered the University’s existing policies, guidelines and visions and integrated them into a relevant, customised strategy.
The place-driven strategy for the first-stage precinct focuses on active living and community, and links in with the existing Curtin Stadium precinct and the wider campus. There is an opportunity for food markets, a climbing wall, an outdoor cinema, courts for various ball games and designated yoga space.
A developer has now been engaged to realise Stage 1. We expect this to include student housing, residential and short-stay apartments, commercial office space, retail and student amenities. There could also be incubation spaces (premises for start-up technology firms straddling the university and commercial sectors).
Curtin also engaged ARM to prepare similar guidelines to develop the campus’s academic heart precinct. This plan sets out a framework for significant new development in the core of historic buildings and green spaces at the centre of the campus.