Hayman Theatre Upgrade – Curtin University

Curtin University

Completed August 2020


Bentley, WA

Douglas Mark Black Photography
Images 10 + 13 – Ed Janes

With_Architecture Studio was engaged by Curtin University to completely repurpose Building 302 lecture theatres to a teaching theatre. Additional to improvements to the main auditorium and back-stage facilities, a new rehearsal space was provided, together with new staff accommodation, dedicated storage, maintenance to the building envelope, new services throughout, plus a major upgrade and revitalisation of the foyer area. The operational needs of the Theatre have also been improved, and new mobility-impaired accessibility has been thoughtfully integrated.

The project includes an impressive outdoor covered plaza and an All-Gender ablution facility. The first in WA, this is a pilot project that advances Curtin’s agenda to promote innovation and excellence in universal design and inclusive environments.

Hayman Theatre sits within the newly formed Eastern Gateway precinct and is a key building within the campus’s Historic Heart that is characterised by the brutalist architecture from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

The upgrade project respects the heritage value and character of the distinctive architecture and is integrated into the campus masterplan by addressing the main circulation pathways and including in the landscape design the placement of impressive artworks and building signage to improve precinct identity and general wayfinding.

All aspects of the refurbishment project have been designed with a focus on place identity and user’s experience.


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