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The coastal site for the community centre lies amongst the manicured landscape of the Coast Golf Club and overlooks Little Bay Beach where Christo and Jeanne-Claude famously wrapped the coast in 1969. Immediately to the north of the site is a small chapel, the only built element to puncture the eastern horizon. The chapel is used for non-denominational services and weddings and considered as something of a local landmark. The initial site response was to respect and enhance the landscape setting by allowing the continued dominance of the landscape. In a location such as this the landscape is the greatest asset available to the local community so the provisions of community facilities were articulated with this in mind. Implicit in this rationale was the awareness that the community centre occupies a rather central part of the visual foreground for much of the Prince Henry residential community. The building therefore represents a response to the need for a recognizable identity and gathering place for the community, while also receding into the landscape where possible. View more View full description
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