Nan Tien Educational and Cultural Institute



The Nan Tien Institute is Australia’s first tertiary institution grounded in Buddhist values and features an education campus, art gallery, library, café, meditation areas and ceremonial forecourt. This state-of-the-art development is a setting for community interaction, education and cultural exchange, and provide 300 students comprehensive facilities to support their studies. Designed by Woods Bagot, the new landmark is strongly connected to the environment, providing spaces conducive to quiet reflection, avoids hierarchy and values the ‘spaces in between’, and provides a neutral environment devoid of excess and materialism.

The first campus building is designed to provide an environment conducive to teaching and learning in the 21st century by creating a setting for community interaction, education and cultural exchange.

Client: International Buddist Association of Australia
Architect: Woods Bagot
Delivery Form: Design & Construction
Location: Wollongong, NSW
Value: $34m
Completion date: September 2015