TL Robertson Library Curtin University
- Curtin University
- Bentley, Western Australia
- + High density motorised compactus storage
+ Replacement of end-of-life services and relocation from Level 7 to a new external services tower
+ Relocation of a reduced book collection to Level 2 in order to utilise other levels for use by students and staff, reflecting the transition from ‘collection to connection’
+ Large central atrium
+ New flexible teaching spaces
+ New amenities including additional toilets and a 24/7 student kitchen
+ Improved accessibility to Sir Charles Court Promenade and surrounding outdoor areas with highly visible, universally accessible entrances
Master Builders Association WA Excellence in Construction Awards - Best Education Building $50m - $100m - 2023
Master Builders Association WA Excellence in Construction Awards - Construction on a Challenging Site Winner - 2023
Master Builders Association WA Excellence in Construction Awards - Excellence in Waste Management Winner - 2023
Master Builders Association WA Excellence in Construction Awards - Best Refurbishment or Renovation $50m - $100m - 2023
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Hames Sharley partnered with Danish design firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen for the advanced architectural transformation of Curtin University’s TL Robertson Library. The design prioritises student engagement in response to the inherent needs of its community, adding an additional 2,000sqm for collaboration and learning.
The library has a significant presence on campus, not just as its largest building but its cultural heart, providing a prime opportunity to make a difference to the Curtin community.
Built in 1972 with a brutalist-style, its main focus had previously been to preserve books, with low ceilings and few windows. The redevelopment added a new level, taking its floorspace to 20,000sqm, and almost doubled the number of windows, transforming it inside and out so visitors can come together and collaborate.
The design was formed following an analysis of Curtin University’s community and how it uses space. Individuality of learning styles has been accommodated, with higher floors becoming progressively quieter. About 50 per cent of the library is now dedicated to connection and collaboration, with an innovative compactus system releasing 1800sqm for informal study use.
Enhanced features include flexible teaching spaces, individual and group study areas, a makerspace for creative activities, an AV-production room for content creators, and an event space.