The brief from Forests NSW was to design a platform that gives improved views to the north and south, and that showcases the use of Australian hardwoods.
With health and wellbeing its central philosophy, Mingara One Fitness Centre, located on the New South Wales Central Coast, wants its members to feel inspired by their impressive surrounds. Mingara Recreation Club, together with Sandy Strazds of Graphite Architects, had specific ideas about what the centre was to look like, but logistically, the scale of the building made things difficult when it came to implementing the design.
The rambling, rural setting on the outskirts of Kingaroy, sits adjacent to the historic Taabinga Cemetery. On approach, down the poplar lined avenue, the building subtly folds out of fields of yellow and green, floating amidst an ‘oasis like’ pocket of eucalyptus. Using Hyne Timber ensured a economical and practical design creating the flexibility for the building to be used for multiple internal and external combinations.
The 3 New Pools project in Brisbane marked the delivery of the first new public pools to be built in Brisbane in over 18 years. Fulfilling an election promise made by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, 3 new Brisbane City Council (BCC) Aquatic Centres were built in the Brisbane suburbs of Runcorn, Upper Mt Gravatt, and Colmslie. The extended period of low rainfall and severe water restrictions which were in place during both the design and the construction phases of these projects added an additional layer of complexity for the BCC led design team to overcome.
The University of the Sunshine Coast Futures Engineering Building is now complete, utilising the increasingly popular, contemporary display of the use of timber with concrete.