In suspension the timber screen is the key design consideration forming this unique built outcome. As for most inner precincts of Australian cities, the predominant existing character of single storey dwellings has long been under pressure. In this context the project, with its striking use of timber, contributes to the importance of establishing well considered developments which complement neighbouring heritage and the vitality of its city surrounds.
The integrated use of timber utilising common construction techniques distinguishes this building within the South Australian commercial market. The timber screen wrapping the facade is suspended by a supporting steel frame. It balances in front of two floors of commercial space and an understated under croft entry to covered car parking, facilitating a transition from the street and reinforcing a sense of entry. The timber selected is untreated Western Red Cedar cut in subtly different profiles. This timbers' natural preservative quality together with a rough sawn finish have allowed the timber to grey off to reveal its natural state offering a low maintenance installation for the life of the building. From the entrance and internally the tenuous form and connections suited to the timbers' natural properties are exposed in detail. In conjunction with an established Jacaranda tree, the screen provides an ever-changing dappled sunlight and ensures that higher levels of thermal insulation and passive solar control are achieved in a sensitive and innovative manner.
Simple and understated, the building comfortably sits within the transitional streetscape offering a glimpse of what is possible and what timber can provide.