Challenger Institute of Technology – Maritime Campus

Fremantle, Western Australia

The additions to Challenger TAFE Fremantle have reinforced the College’s commitment to establishing an internationally recognised campus for maritime studies. Located at the western portion of Victoria Quay, the project directly responds to the Master Plan requirements for marine education.

The existing Challenger TAFE campus has operated within the waterfront from the mid-1980s occupying existing structures with minor modifications. The Campus environment lacked a ‘focus’. This project provided a unique opportunity to define a ‘campus heart’ and establish a College image that reflected its vision for the future. A new building was proposed, accommodating teaching, Library, Café and College Executive offices. A new courtyard established an external space that galvanises the campus offering visual amenity and passive recreational activities.

The new building and courtyard form the key project ingredients. Extensive research and planning analysis derived an architectural mass and form that is born from the surrounding built environment. The interesting shed roof forms, the variation in textures and the scale changes, all influenced the new building’s architecture.

This building is orientated to reinforce the streetscape of Slip Street and forms the western edge of the Central Court. Its contemporary architectural response is achieved through careful material selection, detail refinement and sculptured composition. Colour selection is in empathy to the Fremantle maritime industrial environment. Externally the new building belongs to its site and context, providing a ‘front door’ for the College Executive and its national and international clients.

Challenger Institute of Technology - Maritime Campus
Site Plan
Challenger Institute of Technology - Maritime Campus
Ground Floor Plan
  • Awards
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National Bluescope Steel Award, RAIA 2006

State Award for Public / Institutional Architecture, RAIA WA 2006

Challenger Institute of Technology and Department of Housing & Works WA
Project Status
Completed, 2000-2005
Key Consultants
Capital House Australaisa, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Hutchinson Associates, Arbor Vitae Landscape Architecture, Gabriels Environmental Design, Ralph Beattie Bosworth, JMG Building Surveyors, Schwanke Consulting, SKM, Palassis Architects, Fugro Spatial Solutions
Contractor / Builder
Cooper & Oxley
Gross Floor Area