The Kangan Institute Automotive Centre of Excellence in Melbourne’s Docklands is the 2nd stage of an innovative centre that houses skills training, education, research and display facilities for the automotive industry in Australia. The landscape design is influenced by this purpose, bold building geometries and the need to provide more intimate and human scale spaces.
Sustainability was a key driver, with the building and public realm gaining a 5 Star Green Star rating. A living (green) roof and water sensitive urban design treatments, a strong emphasis on recycled elements, low embodied energy and sustainable materials, and indigenous plantings all contribute to this excellence in environmental design.
The public realm integration anchors Kangan Institute within Melbourne’s new urban extension of Docklands, with dynamic linkages into the campus core from surrounding precincts. A centralised courtyard provides student learning opportunities and passive relaxation, the living roof space for staff amenity while maximising environmental performance. Façade screening and stylised seating anchor the building, and durable pavements and timber decking allow for the demands of intensive student use.
The deliberate expression of industrial and automotive processes is clearly articulated –car fixing parts are embedded into paving; ‘cat-eyes’ enhance pavement patternation; checkerplate detailing is incorporated into precast seat units that extend from the building façade; and bucket seat and armrest units surround the central raised podium.
Concept design, documentation, construction phase services
Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
ASPECT Studios – Landscape Architecture, Gray Puksand – Architecture (lead consultant), Robert Bird – Engineering, Sustainable Built Environments – Environmental Sustainable Design Consultant, Pro Build Constructions – Builder, Fytogreen – Green Roof Substrate