ECU Chancellery Building Alterations
In this work, located at the Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus, T&Z have created a multi-faceted solution to a singular problem. By imbuing the brief with layers of additional function and meaning the work has not only satisfied the client needs, but added value to the existing building, the immediate context and the wider collegiate community. Having its genesis in the relatively mundane problem of a leaking façade, the work is formed as a 120m long x 9m high glass screen that 'wraps' the long north-western façade of the Faculty of Business and Law Building located across the elongated ceremonial courtyard from the Chancellery Building. The work is essentially a two trade project with a cranked steel support skeleton clad with a layer of folded glass. The glass is imprinted with an artwork designed as a series of white layers in varying opacity to create an impression of a lace curtain falling over the building. Each layer represents a meaning ranging from the youthful, university age image of Edith Cowan herself to the subtle reflection of the opposite Chancellery Building to the timber grain patterning of the weatherboards that clad Edith Cowan’s own historic cottage located on the campus.