Department of Internal Affairs


  • Completion date:December 2017
  • Project size:14,000m2
  • Duration:3 years from consultation to project handover

This project provided unique and exciting challenges and the result is one that both Catalyst and The Department of Internal Affairs can be proud of.

Catalyst was awarded the role of Lead Architectural Designers for the Department of Internal Affairs. A large project, involving extensive building upgrades and refurbishment – it was important their new offices would stand the test of time. Catalyst were tasked with creating a collaborative and productive workplace, suited for the diverse requirements and desires of an organization spanning more than 1000 employees. With a flexible mentality, the whole building went to activity based on a 80 desks to 100 people ratio.

Client objectives

  • A workplace that is reflective of our heritage and culture and special role as guardian of the nation’s memory.
  • A workplace that is welcoming for our people, customers and visitors and allows us to interact effectively with them.
  • A workplace that can be adapted easily and cost effectively to meet our changing needs.


This project was challenging in all the right ways – Amalgamating 3 buildings, dozens of teams into a brand new, flexible, activity-based working style office was no easy feat. The Catalyst team really came together for this project.

Tessa Leonard - Lead Designer, Catalyst