Department of Human Services
Project Completed: Department of Human Services
As a new headquarters for a large integrated federal government agency the design of this four storey building is based upon two parallel wings of modular, flexible office space facing and overlooking a light-filled central atrium that has stairs and access to shared common facilities. The atrium provides formal and informal spaces for interaction including locations for a cafe, meeting rooms, break-out spaces and direct access to landscaped garden courtyards.
Numerous support facilities are provided at the lower levels including an 80m2 BTV studio and associated recording and control rooms. Structured car-parking for 720 vehicles is integrated with the loading dock and other comprehensive servicing facilities.
The Fairview Group were proud to be selected to supply their products Vitrabond and Vitranamel to clad this impressive building which is of great importance to the people of Australia. The Architects, Guida Moseley Brown Architects, opted for Neutral colours from the Classico Express Range and then used Copper Metallic to accentrate the design.
About Vitrabond and Vitranamel
Vitrabond and Vitranamel are two products in the range of rain screen cladding. Vitrabond is a light weight metal composite clading panel ideal for external facades, fascias and sunblades and is the most cost effective in its field. Vitranamel is the heavy duty decorative cladding material featuring a vitreous enaml coarting on decarbonised steel panel with a honey comb or calcium sili ...
Wanangkura Stadium is Port Hedland new multi‐purpose recreational centre. The name for the centre was chosen from hundreds of local submissions and means 'whirlwind' in the local Kariyarra language. The title pays tribute to the centre's design, which architect Sophie Cleland likened to a cyclonic pattern, creating a 'shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape'. Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett called the Centre '... a spectacular piece of architecture that will become a landmark for Hedland'.
ARM Architecture's approach to the design considered this building as a mirage – a shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape. Using a 'halftone' pixelated technique, the buildings entry facade acts as a clear visual image from long distances, whilst being highly agitated on closer inspection. The opposite side faces the Kevin Scott oval, accommodating related facilities along the oval, including a spectator’s stand, change rooms and spectator suites.
Thanks to The Fairview Group's extensive colour range of Vitranamel, ARM Architecture were able to create stunning effect they wanted. Vitranamel was chosen over Vitrabond due to its extremely robust and durable properties which is essential for such a building which has heavy traffic and exterme wear. Vitranamel is a decorative high strength architectural panel with an incredibly tough, almost indestructable finish. It consists of a vitreous enamel coating on a decarbonised steel panel, with a honeycomb or calcium silicate core. Vitreous enamelled ...