DRAW won the commission for the design and documentation of a new State Emergency Services (SES) facility for Marrickville Council on a culturally important site. The building will house a members facility, rescue vehicles, training facilities and communications centre.
Complex legislative rezoning processes as well as technical issues such as budget constraints, traffic management, significant aircraft noise and vibration, acid sulphate solids, heritage and archaeological matters presented the somewhat simple programmatic brief with complex design challenges.
The resultant form navigates between; economy of construction, robust interior, environmental performance, and acoustic separation – (box in box) and visual narrative. Our innovative acoustic solution, which minimises external openings, drives an equally creative natural ventilation system using geo-thermal heat exchange system. The façade interprets a complex local history through subtle colour variation and abstracted photographic representation.