Client : City of Swan
The brief for this community facility was to test and demonstrate the City’s policy on improving the environmental responsibility of their buildings.
SITE were able to draw upon collective experience from past projects to provide many complimentary passive and active systems which provide significant environmental benefits over the life of the building.
Our design approach is a response to the site location on the edge of an open parkland opposite a pocket of remnant bush. We created a a counterpoint to this natural landscape by lifting and folding the ground up to form a shelter. Modest domestic scaled brick buildings are nestled under the sheltering roof plane.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding trees and natural landscape, we created a building that emerges from the ground through a striking roof form.
Made from a simple steel clad structure, the roof has a perimeter beam that allows the element to lift up to let in northern light or fold down to close out harsh elements.
It also cantilevers out from the club rooms to provide a large sheltered spectator viewing area and protect the building from the east and west sun.
Featuring meeting rooms, a function hall, club rooms, change rooms, kitchen/kiosk and internal and external toilets, the low maintenance building is co-located with the Aveley Primary School and sporting grounds.
External materials such as face brick, galvanised steel with anti-graffiti treatment and Crimsafe mesh to windows up to 2.4 metres above the ground deters vandalism, protects the asset and minimises maintenance.
Infrastructure was put in place for future provision of a wind turbine and a 4kw solar panel array was installed to save on operating costs. Water and power use and generation are actively displayed through an artwork.
A smart air conditioning and control system is designed to operate only outside of temperatures between 17 and 26 degrees.
Incorporating abundant natural light and ventilation, louvres at a high level are electronically operated.
Rainwater is harvested off the roof and stored in above and below ground tanks for use in the toilets, showers and bathrooms.