Mirrabooka Hospitality Training Centre awarded at the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter 2012 Architecture Awards

Published: Friday 14 September 2012

The Mirrabooka Hospitality Training Centre by Armstrong Parkin Architects received a Public Architecture – Commendation.

The Mirrabooka Hospitality Training Centre is a training centre for high school students comprising a café / restaurant, barrista / bar area, seminar/function space, commercial kitchen, ancillary support and storage facilities. The facility is located adjacent to a busy major arterial road with limited redeeming features or potential for pleasant outlook.


The building’s major spaces are planned in a fan-like or fluted arrangement to focus the major entry and café veranda spaces away from the street and towards an area of existing landscape that is to be enhanced in the near future. The building’s main frontage running along Nollamarra Avenue is designed to be a dramatic Colorbond metal clad façade that is visually interesting during the day and night.

The café space is designed to be both naturally ventilated when the conditions are right and air conditioned in extreme weather.

The buildings interiors and exterior appearance are designed in primarily white tones with complimentary modest accents of grey, natural materials and coloured furniture. Daylight is strategically introduced to places within the entries, café, corridors and kitchen spaces.

The café is designed to be expanded in size using an acoustically rate operable wall to include the adjacent seminar function space.