The character of Old Broome provided the architectural foundation for this building's form. Through the provision of simple gable hat roof forms, stumps, hard wood timber and surfmist customorb cladding, the building became sympathetic to Broome's history and character.
These elements created opportunities; the provision of a building on stumps allows the client to gain access under the building to repair or relocate dental equipment during the buildings lifetime. The simple roof form is a practical solution to Broome's wet season and allows for an extension of the eaves to reduce internal heat gains. This eave extension created the hardwood timber strut and screen aesthetic.
The decision to use Jarrah as the shell framing and screening was based on its historic presence in traditional Old Broome buildings. Jarrah was historically lopped and milled in South West Australia and then transported on schooner ships in the pearl fleet up to Broome where it was used in construction. Jarrah offers natural rot and termite resistance and due to its hardness rating provides structural performance under wind loads. In this instance the timber screening also filters the light into the buildings interiors, providing a soft and calming environment for dental patients who would be experiencing considerable anxiousness. As a West Australian timber, transporting Jarrah from Perth offered a lower embodied energy content than timbers transported from over seas.
As the building needed additional rain and shade protection to the Northern facade a secondary gable roof was incorporated. This in turn lead to the formation of an outdoor waiting area. Where the screens needed to shade the morning sun from the glazed areas of the reception area an additional seat was provided, which in turn enriched the corner public elevation of the building.