Autism Centre Ceremony
The Premier of Western Australia officially marked the commencement of construction of the Autism Association of Western Australia’s new ...
Education, Health and aged care, Workplace and fit-out
Office headquarters and early intervention centre
Full service architecture and interior design, workplace design
Shenton Park, WA
Autism Association of WA
The Headquarters and Early Intervention Centre for Autism WA is a 2 storey building of approximately 2,500m² which provides a central resource for a full range of Autism Spectrum Disorder support services. The co-location of these services greatly enhances the organisation’s ability to meet the needs of its staff and clients whilst raising its community profile.
The Headquarters is a high performance workplace with accommodation for over 150 staff, multiple training and meeting spaces, a boardroom, a call centre and staff support areas. The reception area includes a small retail shop for the sale of Autism-related educational items and fundraising.
The Early Intervention Centre services more than 400 pre-school children annually and is designed to provide a calm and active learning environment which avoids over-stimulation. The Centre has an undercover play-area and numerous individual learning and group activity rooms, all designed using evidence-based research to be safe, secure and welcoming for young children. A medical suite is an additional resource.
The building centres on atrium and courtyard which allows natural light into the interior and creates a communal gathering area.
The Autism Association of WA has reported significant positive feedback since occupying the building, demonstrating success in the design intent of creating a functional, purpose-driven facility providing better outcomes for people with autism, and the staff and families who support them.