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Challenger Institute of Technology – Maritime Campus


Challenger TAFE Fremantle wanted to reinforce their commitment to establishing an internationally recognised campus for maritime studies – building additions to the existing college.

The original campus had operated on the waterfront since the mid 1980’s, and although students and staff were producing high quality outcomes – the environment lacked focus. This project defined a ‘campus heart’ and established an image for the College that reflects its future.

The new building accommodates teaching, a Library, Café and College Executive Offices. A new courtyard established an external space that galvanises the campus, offering visual amenities and recreational activities.

Architecture was inspired by the surrounding built environment – including interesting shed roof forms, a variation in textures and scale changes. A contemporary architectural response was achieved through careful material selection, detail refinement and sculptured composition. Colour selection is in empathy to the Fremantle maritime industrial environment. Externally the new building belongs to its site and context, providing a ‘front door’ for the College Executive and its national and international clients.


National Bluescope Steel Award, RAIA 2006
State Award for Public / Institutional Architecture, RAIA WA 2006

Technical Information

Challenger Institute of Technology and Department of Housing & Works WA
Completed, 2000-2005
Key Consultants
Capital House Australaisa, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Hutchinson Associates, Arbor Vitae Landscape Architecture, Gabriels Environmental Design, Ralph Beattie Bosworth, JMG Building Surveyors, Schwanke Consulting, SKM, Palassis Architects, Fugro Spatial Solutions
Cooper & Oxley
Gross Floor Area