Home' Commercial : Commercial Designs 2010 Contents 206 WA's Best Commercial Designs 2010
a significant way-finding device.
As they follow the street, patients, visitors
and staff are encouraged to stop and enjoy the
natural light and framed vistas of the surrounding
bushland. Squares, streets and atriums replace
the long corridors and small waiting rooms that
are often found in more traditional institutions
such as this.
Curtin Resources and Chemistry
Precinct (Woods Bagot)
Woods Bagot has designed the first new building
in the Minerals and Chemistry Research and
Education Precinct of Curtin University.
" e vision for the R&CP was to create
a 'community' where private companies,
government departments and academic
institutions could work alongside each other in
an environment that fostered collaboration and
interaction," explains architect John Liddiard.
" e building has been laid out along a main
corridor or street, off which the common areas
are arranged -- main stairs, lifts, toilets, meeting
rooms, a shared staff common room, student
common room, coffee shop, exhibition space
and a series of informal meeting spaces which
encourage people to spend a few minutes in
conversation with their colleagues or visitors.
" e client wanted a building that would
mark the southern entry of the campus and
be recognisable without being ostentatious.
While the term 'icon' was deliberately and
carefully avoided, the external elevations of the
building do incorporate images or likenesses
to the activities which are carried out inside.
"Academic institutions are starting to revisit
their current building stock and revise their
plans for future development as teaching
practices change," John says. " ere is more
demand for smaller, seminar-sized rooms than
large lecture theatres. Spaces akin to airport
business lounges are popular for students wanting
to carry out their own research."
Falcon e-Library (Bollig Design Group)
To Edwin Bollig, director of Bollig Design Group,
libraries are much more than just places for books.
"Libraries have undergone a major
metamorphosis over the past 10 years," he says.
"Libraries are the community hub, more of a
meeting place and a community centre. ey are
e Falcon e-Library was developed for a
community of the future, integrating the latest
technology and environmental design
considerations as well as the potential for
"Even though we didn't want to make it feel
like home, we wanted it to be comfortable.
It was a matter of spatially designing it so that
everything flows. A lot of thought was given to
layout and traffic flow."
e building uses extensive glazing to increase
its transparency and the community's accessibility
to the library and community functions within.
Geraldton Health Campus (JCY)
e Geraldton Health Campus is a sustainable
and flexible health care facility designed to
address the cultural diversity of the region.
Colour has been carefully selected to
complement the sand dunes, the earth colour
and the bright colours of man-made objects
in the environment. Opportunities for public
art and landscape design have been exploited
within a concise, easily maintainable area.
Building forms reflect the local environment
and dunes. e Geraldton breeze is expressed
in a "wobbly" weathered steel-clad canopy
across the northern elevation, providing sun
screening to the upper level windows.
According to the architects, a number of
principles have been employed to provide
ecological sustainability, including orientation,
sun screens, green body tinted glass with a high
shading coefficient, a light-coloured Colorbond
steel roofing deck and minimal landscaping.
The Falcon e-Library (far top left, top centre and far bottom left) by Bollig Design Group and the Geraldton Health
Campus (far right and bottom centre) prove that public buildings can be both functional and aesthetically appealing.
Falcon e-Library images courtesy of Bollig Design Group, photography Michael Conroy, Silvertone Photography; Geraldton Health
Campus images courtesy of JCY
Links Archive WAs Best Commercial Designs 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page