AIA NSW Country Division Awards 2020 - Small Project - Commendation
Federation Council engaged Regional Design Service to develop a modest design for a well-used, but ageing local amenity, located on a flood plain.
We approached the opportunity with the idea that the design should be modulated and adaptable enough to allow future ease-of-replacement of other ageing facilities in the municipality.
Our resulting concept was based on robust materiality - steel, concrete, timber, compact laminate and polycarbonate roofing. At ground level each material needed to withstand the demands of public use, vandalism and flood events.
Should future floods pass through the precinct, all the materials except the timber, will remain unchanged. As a departure, the timber will weather and be marked left with ‘tide marks’ from the peak level of the flood waters. Over the years, the community will be able to be offered an ephemeral reminder of their place in an ever changing landscape.
“Regional Design Service assisted Council in enhancing the new community space by delivering a well-designed amenity block. Community consultation was a crucial part of this project which also ensured the project reflected the carefully considered feedback. Council has been complimented many times on the design and outcomes by visitors. Regional Design Service were able to design the amenities to fit seamlessly into the precinct, while still delivering modern and fresh aspects to the design.”
General Manager - Federation Council