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n impressive 6200sqm industrial and
commercial facility on an 18.5ha site,
the Patrick Autocare building responds
to the need for a functional, efficient
and pleasant place to work for employees.
Developed by Perth Airport, the structure
expresses three main architectural elements: the
‘lantern’, the ‘shed’ and the ‘bunker’.
Accommodating office space and screening
the mechanical plant, the first-floor ‘lantern’
is the signature element of the building with its
10m cantilevered structure. Translucent material
creates lightness throughout the day, while
backlighting brings a beacon’s glow at night.
The ‘shed’ warehouse has an iconic monopitched
roof clad in metal sheet profiled sheeting, with a
curved ridge line and bull-nosed awning to give
it a unique organic shape.
Situated at the northern end of the building is
the single-storey ‘bunker’. This concrete panelled
box is heavy in detail and sits in contrast to
the metal sheet cladding.
The functional rationale and drama of the
building is fitting for the vast scale of the site and
the long-distance views of the building.
While built to a modest budget, Patrick
Autocare stands apart with a clarity and robustness
that complements the use, scale and context of
the large site.
The tenant of the facility is pleased with the
outcome of the project, which was delivered
within a tight time frame.
Patrick Autocare, Perth Airport | DnA Architects | INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTIONAL
ARCHITECT | Wayne Dufty, Director
of DnA Architects.
BUILDER | Southern Cross Construction.
BRIEF | Provide a well-designed space with a strong
focus on functionality and staff well-being and morale.
FEATURES | Open plan, high clearance processing
areas, plus staff amenity and reception areas.
LOCATION | 2 Abbott Road, Perth Airport.
Photography: Robert Frith, Acorn.
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