james deans + associates architects: katsumata centre, australia james deans + associates architects: katsumata centre, australia
oct 30, 2012

james deans + associates architects: katsumata centre, australia

‘katsumata center’ by james deans + associates architects, geelong, australia all images courtesy of james deans + associates architects image © tim loft, photoasia

forming part of the kardinia international college, the ‘katsumata centre’ by australian practice james deans + associates architects is a tribute to the founder of the school mr yoshimaro katsumata. the multipurpose building serves as a sports facility and performing arts theater without compromising functionality and with the ability to adapt to future uses. a mechanized daylight control system allows users to change the gym to a 1200-seat auditorium in less than 15 minutes, supported by extra classrooms, changing rooms, offices, AV space and spin room. the form is a derivation of the contemporary grid, creating a dynamic space and iconic aluminum clad facade. a structure of inverted trusses in a sawtooth form conceals the HVAC systems over the long column-less distances that suit large gatherings. the interior is an inhabitable biography of the educational advocate, a result of a collaboration with graphic designers and the katsumata family.  the large program incorporates a combination of sustainable strategies to minimize its carbon footprint, including censor controlled lighting, water collection and storage and insulated composite exterior linings.

entrance image © tim loft, photoasia

contemporary polygonal facade image © tim loft, photoasia

gymnasium image © tim loft, photoasia

image © tim loft, photoasia

gymnasium converted into a fully functional 1200-seat auditorium image © tim loft, photoasia

view from the stage image © tim loft, photoasia

public space presenting the biography of mr katsumata image © tim loft, photoasia

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