Uni’s golden touch

Uni’s golden touch

A NEW gold in the skyline is marking the entrance to Joondalup.

It�s the Aboriginal-inspired exterior of the latest addition to ECU Joondalup�s fine suite of buildings.

The $72 million Ngoolark building will combine the university�s student and research services.

Built by PACT Construction and designed by JCY Architects and Urban Designers, the five-storey complex was named best commercial construction ($10-$50 million) at the WA chapter of the Australian Institute of Building�s Professional Excellence in Building Awards.

Ngoolark is Nyungar for the endangered Carnaby�s black cockatoo.

The golden sun-shading emulates the plumage of the cockatoo, a pattern repeated in the flooring.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said Ngoolark was further evidence of the university�s culture of putting students first.

�Ngoolark combines what were previously separated student, IT, postgraduate and research services,� Professor Chapman said.

�The building also creates a central hub on the Joondalup campus with new undercover and outdoor areas, a marketplace and end-of- trip facilities. The merging of Ngoolark�s modern design and the culture and history of the area�s traditional owners, the Nyoongar people, is an important sign of respect.�

The pattern and plumage of other native animals, including the bindi bindi (double spotted line blue butterfly) and jingee (honeyeater), are also part of the building�s design.

ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan officially opened the building yesterday.