Edwin Seah Eng Tee
Australian Institute of Management, Floreat, Perth
The Katitjin Centre is an important new training facility at the Australian Institute of Management’s Floreat campus. The building is a sensitive response to the site’s steep topography and established landscape. Its architectural vocabulary has been informed by the existing campus aesthetic, with an enriched material palette.
Nine contemporary training rooms, three smaller syndicate team rooms, and comfortable breakout areas – all with generous amounts of natural light – are spread over two levels.
Full height glazing connects the building with its surrounds, providing an expansive bushland outlook. A covered walkway on the north provides a cross-campus pedestrian axis and a generous terrace to the east affords views to the city centre.
Planning clarity and visual transparency provide a high degree of legibility. A central spine connected to an entrance and circulation void fosters interaction and exchange amongst the buildings users. Large sliding doors and operable walls provide flexibility and connectivity within the building and links to terrace areas.
The Katitijin Centre was the first building in Western Australia to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star (v1 Education) Design Certification and has recently been submitted for a 6 Star Green Star As Built certification.
The building reflects the Australian Institute of Management’s ambition to provide a high-quality training facility which substantiates its environmental credentials.