Bark design Visitor Information Centre in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia Print
Friday, 15 January 2010 08:41


Photographs by Christopher Frederick Jones

Architecture can be inspired from Nature, and the architects at Bark design drew their inspiration creatively. Starting with the simplest natural element of landscape - a leaf..... something natural, organic, sculptural, folding, undulating, sheltering which reaches up dynamically for the light informed design of
the ‘Leaf’ canopy.

Beneath the ‘canopy’, the visitors’ experience is inextricably linked to the surrounding natural landscape qualities, site and climate as it allows Northern light and winter sun through the space and onto the footpath whilst the roof cantilevers over the street to enable a larger and more ambiguous arrival and gathering experience of inside and outside space - the main public visitor information space becomes part of the life of the street.
Bark_visitor_info019Recyclable steel structure and glass provide open free flowing transparency, which is contrasted with the natural warmth of a sustainable material palette of recycled Australian hardwood joinery sourced timberwork.
Bark_visitor_info022Bark_visitor_info024Bark_visitor_info025As explained by the Architects: "Our design thinking about ‘landscape’ informed the spatial qualities and experience of a passively ventilated and naturally lit public meeting room and information gathering place just a few steps in bare feet from a white sandy beach, which provides a contemporary experience which both shelters, nurtures and celebrates being in ‘Noosa’ with its varied, dappled light and shadow patterns through rich textures and lush natural foliage."
Bark_visitor_info021More about Bark Design on their web site

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