Engineering Innovation Hub

Parramatta, NSW

A team comprising Tzannes and Blight Rayner Architecture has won a design excellence competition for an “Engineering Innovation Hub” shared between two Sydney universities in Parramatta.

In an Australian first, the building is being delivered in a joint venture by Western Sydney University and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and will be developed by Charter Hall.

The hub will feature teaching and learning spaces for both universities across 28,500 square metres, as well as some retail and office tenancies.

The building contributes to the emerging fine network of public open spaces in Parramatta, and provides an innovative new hub for education, science and commerce.

The design incorporates “carve-outs” in the façade that draw light through the building and down into the basement, and multiple garden terraces at various levels.

The building will eventually be home to the WSU architecture school, including the newly-established Masters program.