Western Sydney University Science Building
Community / Education
Located on the historic Parramatta South campus, the UWS Science building is designed as a gateway to the campus centre, presenting as a bold symbol to the main campus entry.
Five Levels of Breakout, Collaborative & Teaching Spaces

Australian National University Building 145, Canberra 

Technology, Passion & Collaboration Create Green Star Gold

An audacious sustainability goal driven by necessity, combined with new technologies and the collective will to learn, adapt and innovate, has seen Western Sydney University’s new $30 million state of the art Science Building on track to achieve a 6 star Green Star rating and set new Australian construction standards. 

In contrast, the eastern facade discreetly nestles up to the heritage Vernon Lawn precinct.  This commission to replace existing science buildings at Parramatta North continues dwp|suters’ longstanding relationship with UWS.  As the University's very first, six star Green Star facility, dwp|suters embarked on audacious sustainability goals which are delivered through collective innovation, research and invention. 

The brief required a highly technical environment which encourages students and researchers to cooperate and exchange learnings.  Our solution provides a contemporary learning experience for very sophisticated research and teaching in the physical, chemical and biological sciences; and enhances opportunities for engagement with industry.  The design encourages students to engage in high-level simulation and blended learning opportunities in settings that optimise collective work practices.  The major circulation spine doubles as a flexible, informal student learning precinct.  This ‘internal street’ with collaboration zones breaks down traditional thinking and lowers barriers between lecturers, researchers and students.  The combination of circulation, workspace and breakout areas, many with glazed internal walls; creates an engaging facility strongly pitched for transparency, energy and active sharing of knowledge and research. 


client Western Sydney University

location Sydney, NSW, Australia

project value $30 million

completion 2016

size 4,600sqm