Innovative reuse of existing building. A building that focuses on engaging with students and industry outside of the campus.

The building is designed to accommodate the university’s unique new degree that equips students with both engineering and business skills. Our design meets both these needs, by providing a pitching space for business activity and a maker studio, which embraces the ‘Maker Movement’ – a trend where discarded or broken goods are re-imagined and marketed.

The existing facility has been transformed with a gallery, technological wall, Honeycomb of Learning, maker studio, pitch space and labs, which encourage experimentation, partnerships and enterprise.

We have created a character and sense of home for this new community, by using materials akin with regional farm and shed buildings. The form and re-use of the existing frames symbolises home, complements the rural shed aesthetic and maximises the use of embodied energy.

This unique project illustrates the benefits of designing a curriculum and associated learning environment in parallel.


Charles Sturt University


Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia



Interior Design



Completed 2016


$15 million


2017 National Sustainable Building Award for Educational Projects

2017 AIA NSW Architecture Award for Educational Architecture, Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

2016 Learning Environments Australasia (formerly CEFPI) Awards Renovation / Modernisation over $2M Commendation


Few people get the chance to start with a blank page, and to write upon it something that will make a difference.

Professor Euan Lindsay Director
CSU Engineering