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Murdoch University - Building 360 - Boola Katitjin

The Boola Katitjin, the largest mass engineered timber construction project in Western Australia, was delivered by global contractor Multiplex on the grounds of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. The new building comprises a total of four storeys and is designed to sustainably improve student life at the university through new, innovative spatial concepts. The large spans enabled by the use of glued laminated timber (GLT) allow for flexible room design in order to be able to react flexibly to future changes. In addition to the use of the most natural building material in the world - wood, there are photovoltaic installations on the roof as well as a concept for natural ventilation. The Boola Katitjin is thus setting new standards in the field of sustainability, both nationally and internationally.


Perth, Australia


Murdoch University

General contractor



Lyons Architects

Construction period




Project category

Public, Multistorey, Education and Research, Glued laminated timber


  • Wood species: Spruce
  • Volume: 1.500 m³ glued laminated timber
  • Building floor area: 16.000 m²
  • Storeys: 4

Product / Solution

Glued laminated timber


  • Australian Institute of Architects Awards 2023 - George Temple Poole Award
  • Australian Institute of Architects Awards 2023 - Architecture Award for Educational Architecture
  • Australian Institute of Architects Awards 2023 - The Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • National Architecture Awards 2023 - Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture
  • National Architecture Awards 2023 - National Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Engineers Australia Excellence Awards 2023 - Project of the Year

New Academic Building, Murdoch University Animated Flythrough by Lyons

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