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The audacious golden exterior of the latest architectural addition to ECU's Joondalup Campus is a clear sign of its rapid development as a vibrant, globally-focused University.

The $72 million Ngoolark building combines the breadth of the University's student and research services under one roof. Its exterior areas also create a new hub for students, staff and visitors.

Designed by JCY Architects and Urban Designers, and built by PACT Construction, the striking five-storey building complements the existing award-winning architecture of the Joondalup Campus.

The building was just named the best Commercial Construction ($10-$50 million) at the WA chapter of the Australian Institute of Building's Professional Excellence in Building Awards.

The building takes its name from the Nyoongar word for the endangered Carnaby's black cockatoo and it incorporates local Aboriginal culture in many aspects of the design.

The golden sun-shading emulates the stunning plumage of Ngoolark's namesake. The pattern is also repeated in the building's flooring.

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.

The building was officially opened by ECU Chancellor the Hon. Hendy Cowan AO and Kurongkurl Katitjin Elder-in-Residence Dr Noel Nannup at the University's Joondalup Campus on 4 May 2015.

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