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The Pinnacles Interpretive Centre is designed to respond to the particulars of place and program. In this instance, the place is the Pinnacles Desert, the program, to interpret Western Australias most visited tourist icon.
The Pinnacles Desert, a collection of limestone pinnacles, is a strange enigmatic landscape which resonates with visitors from around the world.
The architectural forms of the interpretive centre at The Pinnacles can be read as investigative parts of a landscape narrative, based on an underlying importance of relationship to place.
The materials used are specifically of the place; the podium and the wall elements are constructed in limestone, timber elements are direct references to the nearby grove of vanishing Tuarts (disappearing under a shifting sand dune) and planting interventions will involve species endemic to the region. The material language of the whole fits into its environment, at times becoming just another part of the landscape of the desert.
The story of the formation and revelation of the Pinnacles is developed through the selection of materials and built form in a manner which it is hoped will both engage visitors and cause them to reflect on the landscape and our relationship with it.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.