Nestled within the Perth Hills at the end of the celebrated Bibbulmun Track, the community of Kalamunda desired a facility to showcase the natural beauty and local craftsman ship synonymous with their surrounds of natural bush, wildflowers, waterfalls, creeks and towering trees. Woods Bagot's design of the Zig Zag Cultural Centre captured the Shire of Kalamunda's requirement for a multi-purpose facility able to encourage greater participation of the local community and reignite this area as a tourist destination for the people of Western Australia.
Providing a focal point for festivals, events and an opportunity to showcase the local arts, crafts, food and wine industries, the centre features: two inter-connectable conference rooms accommodating 60 people exhibition space with an artist-in-residence area, visitor centre with a gift shop, administration facilities including office space and amenities cafe with a commercial kitchen, education and interpretive display spaces, outdoor stage and entertainment area.
Designed to reflect the character and built to enhance the surrounding areas, the centre considers the heritage of Kalamunda as well as the natural colours and materials of the local environment. The resulting buildings were constructed using rammed earth and natural stone-clad walls, expansive timber eaves and profiled metal roofs typical of the surrounding heritage buildings. Vast expanses of glass across the village-style centre (offering six smaller buildings in contrast to the brief for one) allow visitors to the centre to see inside the various buildings and, when inside, appreciate the beautiful natural bush surrounds.
As the centre is situated in the heart of the Kalamunda Cultural Precinct abutting the Historical Village, the design of the centre was carefully thought through creating a balance between heritage and modern contemporary design, melding gently and unobtrusively into the surrounding natural beauty of Kalamunda.