i2C Architects unveil designs for WA’s new Food Innovation Precinct

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Designs for the Food Innovation Precinct, a new state-of-the-art facility to be delivered by the Shire of Murray in Western Australia, were recently unveiled by award-winning architecture firm i2C Architects.

The Food Innovation Precinct is WA’s newest center for agriculture and food science and is based on a vision to inspire the state’s growers and producers to build a vibrant food and beverage industry. Western Australia’s food sector is the second highest export market and is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in quality products and development.

Located 75 km from Perth in the Peel region, a district known for its organic farming and agronomy, the district is primarily intended to serve three sectors: commercial innovation, educational research and commodity production. These facilities will be linked to separate departments for food science, marketing, and research and development activities.

The Shire of Murray commissioned i2C Architects to create a master plan that encouraged collaboration between these sectors and fostered a sense of unity through design.

Lead architect Chris Egan said the precinct pays homage to the region’s unique identity through cohesive details that balance industrial and agricultural features.

“Our vision was to give a progressive character to the design of the facility, developing a unity throughout the district with a specific shape and choice of materials while maintaining a uniqueness for each of the individual facilities through various combinations of these choices.

“The exposed steel frame and bracing alongside the dark inverted paneling define a narrative of agriculture and farm facilities, while natural wood panels are also designed to create an external harmony that frames the transient social spaces. Unpolished concrete, masonry and dense landscaping are used to create an external environment that conforms to the built form,” Egan said.

The design by i2C Architects ensures physical and visual connectivity between each facility, with the main planning phase focusing on the idea of ​​“connectivity” by encouraging cross-collaboration between employees and creating a social atmosphere and, over time, community .

“These outdoor spaces that tie the precinct together help create synergy in the aforementioned facilities, while the courtyard holds the precinct together and acts as a bridging “social” zone that encourages user connectivity,” explained Egan.

Shire President Cr David Bolt said the unique project is expected to bring a billion dollar boost to Western Australia by investing up to $330 million in the food and drink sector and a further $737 million in the next five years overall economy will contribute.

“There is nothing like this project in Australia – it is a regional hub for food and agritech companies offering development and research grants resulting in 17 to 51 new food companies and job creation of between 169 and 506 jobs” , he added.

i2C Architects is delighted to have developed a design that supports the region’s growth and continues its legacy.

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