Edith Cowan University
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Acoustic slat timber panelling 265 seat lecture theatre
Gaye McKean
Jessika Hames

Lecture Theatre 3.201 is the Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus’ largest theatre seating 265 students and includes facilities for disabled and hearing impaired users.

Inspired by the canopy and dabbled light of the forest, Hames Sharley was able to work with the existing off-form concrete and slat acoustic walls to create a vastly different feel to a well worn and outdated lecture theatre.

The greatest challenge to the project was in creating a friendly space from a wide corridor that encouraged students to gather. Applying the same forest canopy concept, ceiling mounted acoustic pods were created from timber slats to define a number of small alcoves which housed a combination of fixed seating, bean bags and loose seating.

The material and colour selections were chosen to complement the buildings other main lecture theatre located directly underneath.

This project demonstrates Hames Sharley’s ability to work within existing as-built restraints and within a limited budget to produce a contemporary product that stands the test of time