The Shire of Katanning’s Administration and Civic Building is a 1300m2, two storey civic based development on Lot 103-104 Austral Terrace.

The architectural brief was for the new Civic Centre to be sympathetic to the existing adjacent heritage buildings, whilst accommodating the functional requirements for the shire administration staff, councillors and the community.

The execution of design focused on the linear geometry of the existing federation era architecture, providing a community building that will stand the tests of time. The deep reveals from the outer skin to the glazing provides depth, similar to the federation vernacular and external balcony design philosophy. A point of difference between the new and existing buildings is a suspended glass corridor connection to the existing Unit hotel for future expansion and flexibility.

The selection and execution of materials responded to local context and focused on the surrounding landscape of Katanning. The use of brick on the centre responds to the historical evolution of Katanning and the brick industry.  The granite panels provide another layer of locally sourced materials with a contrasting tone that unite the building fabrics together.

The building can accommodate up to 40+ administration staff with council chambers, amenities and community gardens within the external courtyard area.


Client Shire of Katanning
Value $5m
Type mixed-use
Year 2017
Status Complete
Builder FIRM Construction

16 - 24 Austral Terrace, Katanning WA

Katanning, Western Australia

Photography: Jonathan Trask

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