Harry Butler Institute

Perth, Australia
Murdoch University
Design Competition Winning project 2020-2021

An international two-stage competition winning design, Harry Butler Institute is designed as a unique facility for research, education and public engagement.

The building provides a front door to a revitalized campus and gateway to the adjacent Wetlands, a sensitive ecosystem with 50,000 years of historical, cultural and social significance.

Our proposal is embedded carefully within the sensitive site. Its sinuous, organic form defined by it’s weaving around the existing trees and wetland landscape. Three distinct pavilions are positioned under a sweeping roof with covered accessways and breakout spaces between. The project accords with UN Sustainable Development goals and is designed to a 6 Star Green Star rating with a carbon-neutral energy solution, high water efficiency and extensive use of Western Australian sustainably sourced timber throughout.