Transformational scheme on limited budget

Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

Fulton Trotter Architects refreshes Brisbane streetscape with signature timber veil

The rejuvenated Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) by Fulton Trotter Architects delivers a refurbishment of a tired 1960s brick building and a modest addition to the street frontage.

The design for Logan City Council reconciles a number of problems on the site and provides a large covered entry, outdoor seating leading to the reception foyer and a number of simple meeting and interview rooms - all of which are folded behind a finely articulated timber screen.

This timber veil gives the Centre a strong identifiable signature and street presence but allows them to quietly and discreetly go about providing services to the community.

"This certainly was a great outcome and just goes to show what can be achieved with a little thought and with a limited budget," says Trevor Williams, Construction and Maintenance Program Leader at Logan City Council.

BNC is the hub for a number of programs to disadvantaged members of the community, with a range of needs including substance abuse, employment, counselling and short term housing.

In response, it was important that the building should be robust without becoming a fortress, welcoming, private, not intimidating and clearly non-institutional. All of those needs were met by utilising the warmth of natural timber.

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