Thebarton Community Centre / MPH Architects

  • 28 Apr 2013
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Architects: MPH Architects
Location: South Road, Thebarton, , Australia
Area: 2,898 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Sievers

Structural And Civil Engineers: CPR Consulting Engineers
Services Engineers: LUCID Consulting Engineers
Client: City of West Torrens

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The Thebarton Community Centre in Kings Reserve was designed as an iconic “pavilion in the park” in response to the City of West Torren’s objectives that it be a focus for the community, and a landmark as the northern gateway to the council area. The dominant built form with folded roof planes references movement, flight and the City of West Torrens as a transport hub.

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Geometry of the built form has been generated by the irregular site constrained by a major transport corridor to the east and reclaimed pug hole to the west. The parallelogram grid generates a dynamic “tension” with the regular shaped public spaces and contributes to the sense of movement.

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The building is arranged with public spaces orientated to the park and support areas providing a buffer to the traffic noise along the South Road boundary.

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The transparent façade provides the building with an animated character exhibiting the ever changing internal activities.

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Glazing and shading elements were designed based on thermal and solar modelling to achieve a balance between views to the park and minimising thermal transmission.


The recycled brick façades references the old brickworks site, provides an acoustic barrier to South Road and screens services areas.

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