Students pitch design ideas

Youth centre plans for Shire administration building

Second-year interior architecture students in Curtin University’s School of Built Environment have pitched design ideas for a potential youth centre in the Shire of Katanning administration building.

Under the Community Encounters program, established by the university and supported in Katanning by the GSDC, the 46 students and three lecturers spent a week in town  exploring the community and developing design ideas.

Canvassing concepts for a youth centre in the administration building relates to Katanning’s SuperTown planning, under which the Shire administration is set to move to the Unit Hotel site.

The students, divided into nine groups, developed a variety of concept plans for the administration building and presented their designs to the Shire of Katanning and GSDC representatives at the end of their trip.

Unit coordinator Janet Keating said the students produced innovative treatments for the building, including provisions for indoor performance spaces, exhibition areas and outdoor theatre.

“Given the short time, it was impressive to see the complexity of design they came up with and how much they were able to achieve,” Ms Keating said.

To build their ideas, the students spoke to community members and young people around Katanning, and visited Carrolup and Kodja Place.

Members of the public were invited to view the concept plans once they had been presented to the Shire.

If the administration building is used for another purpose after the Shire relocates, elements drawn from the students’ concept plans may be translated to an alternative venue.

Curtin University built environment students have visited Katanning for the  past two years, contributing to design ideas for the Town Hall, Leisure Centre and Community Resource Centre.

Concepts initiated during the visits may be taken up in the later development of designs for projects in Katanning. A business case is being prepared for the prospective youth centre.

Contact: Jessica van der Waag Ph. 9821 3211
Great Southern Development Commission