Curated by Hana Abdel
VISITOR CENTER, PARK • CRADLE MOUNTAIN, AUSTRALIA
Architects : Cumulus Studio
Year : 2020
Photographs : Anjie Blair, Rob Burnett, Peter Walker
Manufacturers : Laminex, Viridian, Woven Image, Kone Elevators Pty Ltd, Locker Group Pty. Ltd., McKay Timber, Mortlock TImber Group, R.A. Jones & Co, Structuur Pty Ltd, The Bunker
Builder : Fairbrother Construction
Landscape Architects : Playstreet
Lighting Design : Stantec
Acoustics : Noise Vibration Consulting
Planning Consultant : ERA Planning
Director / Lead Architect : Peter Walker
Project Architect : Andrew Geeves
Design Architect : Liz Walsh
Project Team : Luke Waldron, Todd Henderson, Matt Green, Jason Licht, Amanda York
Graphic Design : Futago
Interpretation : Creative Hat Interpretation
Hvac Engineer : COVA
Building Surveyor : Green Building Surveying
Surveyors : Cohen & Associates
City : Cradle Mountain
Country : Australia
Textual content description offered by the architects. Sharp geometric varieties beckon to a honeyed cave. Cradle Mountain Customer Centre is a building of contrasts. It’s imposing however harmonious. It’s an summary interpretation of nature. And it’s trendy with a rightness unrooted in time. Most shocking of all, maybe, is how the uncooked exterior unwinds right into a heat, gentle, delicate timber lining.
With wild rainforests, rolling grasslands and roaming Tassie Devils, it is no shock Cradle Mountain entices a surging variety of guests. However how are you going to design a significant customer expertise in a footprint by no means meant to accommodate that variety of company? The Customer Centre is the primary growth in a serious plan to reimagine the long-lasting Cradle Mountain expertise.
The Customer Centre provides a heat alpine welcome to replicate each the sense of rugged-up anticipation on arrival and the distinctive Cradle Mountain geology. The sculptural, wilderness-inspired growth contains an orientation building, industrial companies base, shuttle bus shelter and coach transit middle. At each flip, we aimed to honor the importance and sensitivity of this world-renowned nationwide park.
Supplies to reflect nature. We designed the buildings to really feel grounded, as if carved from a stable rock by a glacier. The umbrella rain-screen type references the folding angular geology of the location, inviting guests into the cave-like timber inside. The selection of timber for the inside was in regards to the poetics and qualities of the place. As a result of timber is pure, company really feel related to nature. It usually evokes a response different supplies don’t.
Measured vacationers footprints. The design required an in-depth understanding of customer actions throughout the location. It wanted to accommodate the extensive hole between peak and common customer numbers and really feel inviting in each circumstances. Our intuitive way-finding technique creates a circulation to subtly information guests whereas they work together with web site interpretation and customer data. We used a hierarchy of area that organizes companies however lets the staggering pure setting sing out.
No mountain excessive sufficient. The Customer Centre design went by means of many iterations as extra stakeholders noticed the venture’s potential. However we’re proud the essence and guiding targets remained fixed all through, whilst different features shifted round them. It’s fairly a sense to stroll contained in the sculpted inside timber cave, a very sudden gem contained in the building. While the triangulated timber quantity’s complicated geometry proved a technical problem, it’s all of the extra satisfying to admire it now realizing the arduous work concerned.