Students create winning designs for City of Stirling community centre

Stirling People Award winners of team CAKA: Hawra Alumari, Doreen Wei Jing Kerk, Shi Wei Chew and Zahra Alumari with Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin and Curtin University Associate Professor Khoa Do and a 3D model of their entry.
Stirling People Award winners of team CAKA: Hawra Alumari, Doreen Wei Jing Kerk, Shi Wei Chew and Zahra Alumari with Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin and Curtin University Associate Professor Khoa Do and a 3D model of their entry.

UNIVERSITY students have pitched designs for a community centre in Balcatta.

Teams of architecture and construction management students from Curtin University created ideas for the City of Stirling’s proposed Artisan Community Centre behind Stirling Men’s Shed on Vasto Place.

More than 120 students entered the university’s Artisan Centre Project Awards, with three teams winning prizes for their projects.

Team AAAM (Madeleine Di Prinzio, Alice Ford, Ashdeo Tatteea and Anton Van Heerden) won the value for money award, team CAKA (Zahra Alumari, Hawra Alumari, Doreen Wei Jing Kerk, Shi Wei Chew) took out the Stirling People Award and the Stirling Choice Award went to team Archonect (Jack Johnson, Gabriele Arace, David Nguyen and Jai Mehra).

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said it provided invaluable experience for the students and an opportunity to showcase their innovative designs.

“Firstly, the quality of the entries was incredible, but the added bonus is to get so many fresh ideas for a new centre that will cater for our community into the future,” he said.

“I’m sure elements of each of the award-winning projects will add value to a new artisan community centre, and the broader community.”

The City will review designs for the centre to incorporate elements of the award-winning entries and seek endorsement from council to request in-principle funding from Lotterywest for the project.

Subject to funding, construction was expected to start in mid-2020.