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Architecture: Berrinba Wetlands

October 30, 2009

AR:2 have created a network of open yet protective structures in this former sand mining precinct.

Berrinba Wetlands Parkland is a new 90 hectare recreation and wildlife reserve created by Logan City Council on the site of a former sand mining precinct. The existing bushland and artificial water bodies which comprise the parkland have been rehabilitated and linked by a network of pathways and bridges that extend to the suburban and industrial fringe, inviting the public to explore and utilise the site.

AR:2 was engaged to design 11 structures on the periphery of the wetland including an Interpretive Centre, Kiosk, Hire Structure, Amenities Blocks and Picnic Shelters. A simple conceptual framework was developed for the project, underpinned by three core principles: openness, lightness and outlook.

Structures were considered as a series of platforms and roofs within the landscape, utilising north-eastern orientation and western mass to assist passive thermal control. Elevated concrete floor plates ensure surrounding flora will underpin each building over time, enhancing the connection to site. Primary steel structures support generous spans overhead and open spaces from which to observe the surrounding landscape. Building skins unfold to reveal hidden utility and function when open and resume their impenetrable, protective facade when closed, while colour reflects and respects the flora.

*Team* Architects Ben Parker, Caleb Smith, Chris Skinner

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