Transformational scheme on limited budget

Sian
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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