Katijin Centre, Australian Institute of Management awarded at the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter 2012 Architecture Awards

Published: Monday 17 September 2012

The Katijin Centre, Australian Institute of Management by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland received a Public Architecture – Architecture Award and a Sustainable Award – Architecture Award.

The Katitjin Centre is an important new training facility at the Australian Institute of Management’s campus in Floreat. 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.