Main Street Amenities Bairnsdale

“The East Gippsland Shire commissioned Slap Architects to create a new amenities building that would be interesting, architecturally significant as well as functional and safe.”

Slap Architects were commissioned to design the  Bairnsdale public amenities building in Main Street. The new building and surrounds are part of the Main Street Gardens master plan that includes extending the central gardens by removing cross roads (these works has already been completed), providing a central pedestrian pathway new seating and gardens. The East Gippsland Shire’s Master Plan can be seen here.

The proposed development is designed around the concept of it being a Gateway to the East and a resting place. These references are symbolic of where Bairnsdale is located geographically and what a travelling family/person might need when passing through.

Sitting the individual unisex amenities building on the south side of the green corridor allowed the better use of north facing light and warmth in the plaza area for multi use activities. This both ensures an activated space for better safety as well as enhancing the city with additional usable space.

The buildings form takes it’s inspiration from the traditional structures of the region such as the  racks that can be seen in the local townships and that were used in the past for drying the hops. The materials of the amenities building reflects the agricultural heritage of East Gippsland, with the grey timber and corrugated iron and exposed structure to add visual detail and to allow post industrial waste timber to be utilised. The timber is a by product of supplying power pole cross bars and is sourced from Montana Timber in Nowa Nowa. Underlying this traditional structure is a contemporary building utilising modern materials and using a bright colour palette that makes it easily identifiable to the passing traffic and a landmark for the new Main Street Gardens Development.

The second part of the development is to be a pedestrian link between the North and South sides of Main Street, which will serve a direct purpose in indicating the location for safe passage across the street, while offering some protection from the elements if waiting for the lights. Its form represents a ‘gate’ and uses the same architectural language as the amenities building. You can see the proposed structure in our post here.

Licola Community Centre

Following the extreme 2006 bushfires, and a flood in 2007,  State government funding was allocated to the Licola community in a bid to assist in injecting some life back into a tiring Licola community.”

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Licola Community Centre

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Wellington Shire

Following the extreme bushfires which surrounded Licola in the 2006 bushfires, and a rainstorm soon after which sent a mudslide through the town’s main street. Then only months later 2007, floodwaters swept down the Macalister River destroying bridges and cutting off the town from the outside world for a long period of time. State government funding was allocated to the Licola community in a bid to assist in injecting some life back into a tiring Licola community. In conjunction with the CFA and local Licola community, Wellington Shire Council commissioned SLAP Architects to design a new community complex to be located on the existing council managed community parklands to the North of Macalister River, adjacent to the existing general store and caravan park in the centre of town.

This was to be an iconic development to attract people to the local area and to entice passer’s by to utilize the town and its facilities on their way through the picturesque town. The intention was to provide a creative design with a point of difference, which would leave the viewer with pleasant memories of their visit. An experience to which they may pass onto their friends and family.

Old timber huts and nearby post and beam structures provide the cue for the design as does Licola’s rich logging history. The river is a major feature of the town and views are maintained across to the escarpment on the other side.  Rough sawn posts and beams and rotary sawn weatherboarding will age to the familiar silver-grey. Timbers are chosen for durability and interest.

Heavy galvanized plates contribute to the impression of country ingenuity – creating shelter from whatever is available. Vertical elements in the structures – the link between hall and shed and the monoliths on the BBQ shelter and toilet block – echo old corrugated iron fireplaces and feed hoppers.