In the centre of the main street in Albany, the Albany Tourism and Information Hub was an extension to the east side of the existing public library. The addition includes a vibrant and interactive Visitors Centre on the ground floor, featuring local timber cabinetry, and virtual reality simulation experiences. Upstairs is an open plan extension, linked to the library, and is able to be divided into 3 different spaces via the use of acoustic operable walls. This is used as general public library space, meeting rooms for hire, and large civic functions.
The building is enveloped by a perforated laser cut screen, which features a pattern generated from imagery taken from aerial photography of the cliff face around The Gap. The colour complements the historic Town Hall, and reflects the light at different times of day. Internally, a striking gallery space unites the old and new spaces, and draws light into the centre of the building via skylights.
ADVANCE HOUSING OFFICES
This project involved the interior refurbishment of a 1895 school, to transform the building into high quality and modern work space which is generously proportioned and features contemporary textures, patterns and colours that are also sensitive to the heritage fabric. With the old fitout removed, spaces are now filled with natural light, calming colours and organic materials that creative a positive working environment for staff and visitors alike. Security and acoustic control has also been addressed with the design of the interiors and new services.
The mechanical services have been cleverly concealed in the sub-floor, ensuring that the space is well ventilated and air-conditioned without compromising spatial layout or aesthetics with plant or equipment. Similarly, modern slimline LED strip lighting has been introduced throughout to provide even lighting in large spaces, accommodating a variety of activities to each space. Specially designed 'pods' have been inserted into the large Central Assembly Hall, including two meeting rooms which provide private spaces for client meetings, and a staff hub, which combines all the staff amenities in a central gathering zone. The careful zoning of spaces in the old school buildings has allowed for the creation of distinct public and private spaces.
JUNIPER MULTIFUNCTION CENTRE
The Juniper Beryl Grant community centre is the first stage of a large development in Lockyer in Albany by Juniper. The building is a flexible and contemporary facility that can be used as a Cafe, function space, offices, workshop, and for various community events and activities. The feature curved timber ceiling in the function room provides exceptional acoustic qualities, along with a warmth and visual interest to the interesting space. The building features a number of sustainable design principles including skylights and water tanks, and low maintenance landscaping and materials.
Photos by Lee Griffith Photography
CITY OF ALBANY CUSTOMER SERVICE AREA
The brief for this project was focused around delivering an improved customer experience, and a safe, high quality environment for staff. Working within the constraints of the existing space, organic forms and generous volumes were introduced to create a more welcoming and bright open space.
An existing commercial premises was extensively refurbished to create new offices for Government client, Disability Services Commission. This included new floorings, ceilings, services, bathrooms and furniture throughout, and provides a fresh new office space that meets the complex compliance requirements and creates a contemporary working environment.
The ATC Worksmart building involved the design of a striking building on a prominent corner on Albany Highway- the main approach into the Albany CBD. The new building provides flexible air conditioned facilities for offices and group Training Rooms.
Conversion of vacant department store including structural upgrade to provide open modern office area for a combined Medibank / Centrelink office, the design and delivery was completed within a tight time table to meet Commonwealth accommodation standards. Centrelink management noted that within a national rollout, the Albany office had provided the best coordinated handover to their fit out contractor.
ALBANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The ACCI building in the centre of Albany features flexible offices and training facilities focusing on the building's energy use and user comfort. This commercial building is both functional and environmentally sensitive including natural ventilation, passive solar design, water harvesting and a selection of low impact building materials.
A dynamic and flexible building that offers a community hub for youth activities, sporting facilities and functions. The colourful and playful facades reflect the dynamic use of the spaces and creates a striking facility in the developing community sporting precinct.
These new professional offices and warehouse utilize concrete tilt slab construction to focus on the marketing and expertise of the construction company.
This commercial project involved the refurbishment of an old bank building to provide a dedicated and efficient Real Estate office. The planning and layout worked within the existing building fabric to minimise disruption and expense.