A new visitor information centre constructed in the heart of the Warrumbungle National park, the building was commissioned to replace the previous centre destroyed by bushfire in 2013. The building was deigned to sit in harmony with the local environment and provide excellent views of the natural beauty of the national park whilst complying with BAL19 to provide suitable protection against any future bushfire events.
The building is largely clad both internally and externally in 200mm thick hard dressed natural stone with the colours of the stone specifically selected to represent those found within the wider National Park. The large southern façade of glazing captures a perfect view of the rock formation known as “The Breadknife”. The view is as uninterrupted as possible with full height glazing and a lower profile roof pitch. The building itself is very well insulated with the combination of natural rock, insulated walls, insulated cladding, ceiling insulation and double glazed windows, all of which help to minimise the environmental impact and lower the running costs.
The building includes areas for specific functions, such as the foyer which is purposely dark with a black ceiling to enable the displays of the stars and planetary systems, the multipurpose area for meetings and lessons for school groups and general sales and visitor information zone. The building’s power requirements are serviced during the day by an 11kw solar system mounted in locations to make the most of the sunlight hours.
The garden and landscape areas surrounding the building are approximately 2500m2 in area and include a geological sculpture garden, native pasture garden, western plains garden and eastern range garden providing a very natural and organic feel to the area.
2018 MBA Award for Best use of Stone
2018 MBA Award for Best Commercial Projects $3 Million – $5 Million
2018 MBA Award for Commercial Builder of the Year