Local Pub is Transformed into Tourism Destination by M3architecture in Queensland, Australia.
This project which saw the firm convert an iconic local pub into an information center, history room, commercial occupancy and art gallery.
This project which saw the firm convert an iconic local pub into an information center, history room, commercial occupancy and art gallery. The pub, built in 1910, closed down some years ago and was acquired by the Barcaldine regional council in 2011. The council’s vision was for a distinguishing contemporary statement for the prominent corner site. The completed design aims to both realise this vision and celebrate the existing structure of the building.
‘Our design focuses on a series of new layered experiences’, explains M3architecture, who designed the building in association with Brian Hooper Architect. ‘The project is a respectful, contemporary version of the single skin built form and allows the town to both retain, and build on its history’.
The original Verandah, which ran the perimeter of the building was deemed structurally unstable and needed to be rebuilt, giving the studio the opportunity to examine contemporary forms of protection and layering for the existing single skin walls.
The nature of single-skinned construction allows us to see and understand the layers of a building – the load bearing structure, the bracing, the cladding and the ornament’, the Studio explains.
The building opens up to reveal the extent of layering on all sides: the street, verandah and wall (its frame and ornament) and the interior room, wrapping verandah, screens, and finally, the landscape beyond.
Balustrades are expressed in cross braced timber frames, which mimic the composition and layering of the existing walls and reference the cross braced road train carriages that pass by. All of these elements layer over each other to protect the single-skinned walls.
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