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Focus Centre, Melbourne, Australia 
Friday 09 Sep 2005
 
Focus Centre 
 
 
 
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A Property Council of Australia Category Winner 

The cut-outs become outdoor spaces providing the scale and comforts for human habitation in a landscape which is devoid of these and which otherwise can only be comfortably negotiated inside a vehicle. These cut-outs allow the essence of the design to become self evident by splitting the industrial shed into a ‘head’ and a ‘body’. Hence the administration and the manufacturing functions can still be identified. Two streets frontages provide access for visitors to the south and delivery vehicles to the north. Visitor parking adjacent to the office entry and the visitor is embraced by a semicircular space at this entry and sheltered by the terrace structure immediately above it. This terrace also provides a sheltered outdoor space for the visitor prior to entering the offices to conduct business. Along the western façade, a 200 metre long steel and concrete clad wall, another semicircular cut-out reveals the entry point to the factory workers. Foyer, canteen, amenities, an outdoor milling space and production offices are all entered through this side. This project creates a way of mantaining the large-scale qualities of the industrial landscape and works with these to articulate the building environment in response to both pedestrian and vehicular considerations.

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Status Completed
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McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd Architects

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