Winner of The Australian Certified Timber Award, 2011
Innovation is the hallmark of this timber building. Using traditional handcraft techniques in new and unique ways created an attractive, economical and environmentally sustainable school hall and music room.
Lateral thinking was required to create a hall of this scale and functionality within the constraints of a building education revolution budget. The result was possibly the largest hall with an attractive natural aesthetic in its category of building education revolution funding.
The environmental goal of providing a building that is a net carbon sink was achieved by using timber throughout with minimal concrete and steel used.
Economy was achieved by building almost the entire structure from plantation grown 140 x 45 mm pine timbers. Structural strength to span the 16.5 m cross-section and 6.7 m height of the hall is achieved by encasing ladder frames in plywood all constructed on site. Roof and floor trusses, and wall framing all use the same timber cross section in a cost efficient system.
The architectural language is of natural unfinished timber. The Macrocarpa timber cladding will weather to a silver grey over time. This environmental weed was felled and milled in the State’s north becoming an aesthetically desirable, maintenance free, long lasting natural cladding material.
Plywood paneling, with expressed joints of standard sized panels, imparts a golden glow to the naturally lit and ventilated interiors. Selected panels are slotted evoking a musical wave pattern to tune the acoustics for school musical and drama performances. The ceiling gently undulates preventing standing sound waves and distributing sound.
The timber portal frames expressed as structural fins internally and externally create alcove spaces bringing depth, rhythm and a change of scale to the facades. They create surface relief and cast a play of shadow and sunlight. Asymmetrical roof pitches and ridge lines and eaves that returns at a constant angle between the structural fins from the exterior to the interior transforms a large rectangular form into a lively sculptural object.