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AIS Canoeing Facility


  • Client : AIS
  • Location : Queensland

The Architectural brief called for a facility to house twenty athletes (12 male and 8 female) supporting staff and thirty five canoes. The facility required an entry foyer, administration area including a reception, offices for coaches and a meeting and lecture room, a recreation area and kitchen, gymnasium, and change rooms as well as a canoe store, workshop and laundry. A fenced compound for canoe trailers, vehicles and boats, and a pontoon to launch the canoes into the adjacent Dunlops Canal.

Consideration was given to several combinations of materials that had to be cost effective to enable the brief to be achieved within the tight budget and yet be durable and aesthetically pleasing.

The combination of timber framing within colorbond currogated sheet cladding on both the roof and walls proved to be the most cost effective, aesthetically pleasing and durable combination of materials for this project.

South East Queenslands sub-tropical climate was a major consideration in the design (only the coaches' offices and the meeting room are air conditioned). This led to the large eaves overhangs to limit sunlight penetration and the incorporation of a roof lantern to bring natural light into the centre of the building and most imporatantly to allow warm air to escape naturally venitlating to Mezzanine level and foyer. Large areas of fully opening loubre windows were used throughout the building to maximize ventilation.

The long rounded canoe hulls are reflected in the elongated form of the building with its curved roofs. Steel bracing and tie down rods were exposed to give an appearance of strength and to show how the structural elements of the building "work under loading" like the stressed tendons of its athletes.