Client : City of Busselton
Like all of our projects, SITE began the design process for this limited design competition with a detailed site analysis to uncover the historical, cultural and physical site context. A concept emerged which allowed the City to look toward the future while retaining a strong connection with its rural origins. A timeless architecture of timber steel and glass.
To replace an inefficient and dated civic building, we envisaged a welcoming landmark attraction that reflects the seaside holiday lifestyle on offer at Busselton.
A new iconic entry statement for the popular South West town, the building blurs the boundaries between inside and out to connect employees, visitors and tourists with the surrounding parklands, Vasse River, Geographe Bay and Bussell Highway.
Set to become a community focal point, family-friendly spaces around the building are the perfect setting for picnics or special celebrations.
An observation pier acts as an end point for the famous Busselton Jetty, giving people an elevated view of the landscape and a sense of the town.
Taking cues from the repetition of the jetty timber decking, piers, the boathouse pitch roofs and underwater observatory experience, the building acts as a striking link between the jetty and the land.
Designed to connect employees from different departments, the open plan office space is column-free to allow for future reconfigurations as needs change.
Working under one roof, staff benefit from an interactive and collaborative working environment where they look forward to coming to work because they feel at home, engaged and motivated.
With shaded glass facades, the windows open to provide fresh air and natural light to reduce reliance on air-conditioning.
Natural finishes and materials reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and the use of light, colour and texture creates a sense of transparency where all are welcome.