This new training and hospitality facility based at Mandurah TAFE is a unique place that needs to cater for two distinct uses. During the week, it’s a place where people in the Peel region can increase their chef and hairdressing skills without having to travel out of the local area. On the weekends it transforms into a major tourism and function centre, able to host major events.
Set within an existing campus, we had to be mindful of how the built form impacted the existing facility and how students moved throughout the campus. There is a nod to the existing materials, but it is also vital that the architectural design is new, exciting and engaging to create a place that attracts and retains students.
Sandstone brickwork ties back to the existing facility and a contemporary digital glass canopy features the designs of local indigenous artists. The facade shines like a beacon at night with the light filtering through and reflects the cutting edge design and education in hairdressing and hospitality.
The facility is a welcome new hub for students to meet, and visitors can book in to have a haircut or a meal from the students.
Come the weekend, it becomes a tourism and functions centre, providing a place for people to enjoy events and create jobs for locals (and many of the hospitality students and graduates).
The architectural design is new, exciting and engaging to create a place that attracts and retains students.
The facade shines like a beacon at night with the light filtering through.