LocationSouth Road, Thebarton, Adelaide, Australia
Structural and Civil EngineersCPR Consulting Engineers
Services EngineersLUCID Consulting Engineers
ClientCity of West Torrens
Text description provided by the architects. 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.
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.
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.
The transparent façade provides the building with an animated character exhibiting the ever changing internal activities.
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.