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  7. Australian Technical College / Birrelli Architects

Australian Technical College / Birrelli Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 September, 2009
Australian Technical College / Birrelli Architects
Australian Technical College / Birrelli Architects, © Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

© Rob Burnett © Rob Burnett © Rob Burnett © Rob Burnett +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Launceston TAS, Australia
  • Architects

    Birrelli Architects
  • Project Architects

    Jack Birrell and Todd Henderson
  • Project Team

    Phil Dingemanse, Gary Fleming
  • Collaborators

    McBride Charles Ryan
  • Structural Engineer

    Engineering Edge
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineers

    Engineering Solutions
  • Building Contractor

    Matthews Constructions
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The ATCNT is a portal-framed, elongated, utilitarian building referencing the traditional industrial forms of the Inveresk Railyard structures. It combines a simple structural system, clearly expressed portal frames, with an economy of means and an honest expression: bold, daring, and an inspiring palette of materials and colours.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

Importantly, the architecture does not suffer from nostalgia or mimicry, rather it is an evolutionary development of the unique genre of heritage buildings at Inveresk.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

An opalescent prismatic truss extrudes and folds over each end-elevation, a slightly inclined art-glass reflection wall to the north amplifies the presence of mature poplar trees, and running along the southern side an abstract train-form pulls up to a contemporary 21C educational train/trade station.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

The form while abstract and clean-lined resolves as a hi-tech crafted aesthetic. The exterior without eaves gutters or elaborately clad façades and with raw interiors, the college pays homage inside and out to the massive industrial forms of the Railyards.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

From conception to built-form the design and educational ideas coalesce to create a signature iconic educational architecture for the Australian Technical College, at Inveresk Railyards.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett

The design of the college’s learning commons, the forum steps, and support spaces are founded upon the concepts of life long learning, student-centred teaching and learning, trade teaching utilizing real-industry-application, and the interconnectedness of knowledge and the human condition of communication.

© Rob Burnett
© Rob Burnett
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Glênia Dantas · February 25, 2011

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oscar falcón lara · September 22, 2009

There is a very intense workshop feel to this that seems to fit perfectly with its function. I specially like the interior finished and the exterior overall shape. Nice project.


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