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Construction of Curra Community Complex

10 David Drive, Curra

Bark Design Architects has been engaged by the Gympie Regional Council to design a new community hall for the town of Curra, located approximately 15 minutes north of Gympie. The project is part of the development of the Curra Community Complex that seeks to support the growing need for community and recreational spaces in the area.

The Concept Design is the result of a design process informed by a Community Stakeholder Consultation which identified the needs of the future users of the hall. From the requirements expressed by the 17 groups that were present at the workshop, it was identified that offering flexibility for a variety of small groups to use simultaneously, as well as large community events would be key to the success of the hall. The resultant design is a functional, efficient and sustainable building which sits comfortably in its natural surroundings and responds directly to the needs of the community.

The building is large single volume, with deep verandahs wrapping the east and north to be used as breakout spaces and covered external events. The roof folds down to the west, wrapping and protecting the rear of the building which houses the kitchen, storage and amenities. The northwest and southeast corners of the verandahs have been designed as 'seating nooks' with timber bench seating and timber batten screening to protect from the elements. These sheltered and intimate spaces are perfect for individuals or small groups to privately  gather, even if others are occupying the main hall space. The open landscaped space to the north of the building is an area of 'captured' landscape, which extends the building's functional floor space for informal events and play.

The design language of the hall is a contemporary interpretation of rural vernacular, referencing the timeless look and feel of the surrounding areas' rural heritage and natural environment. The timber framed building is clad with lightweight polycarbonate sheeting, an insulative material which filters sunlight during the day, and by night, the building will illuminate like a lantern. Timber trusses used for their structural efficiency are simultaneously a visual feature and due to the modular nature of the design, the building can easily be expanded in the future. The western bay of the building is clad in corrugated iron, shielding from the western sun and referencing the 'rural iron shed', an image deeply connected to the region.

After presenting the design to the community via this presentation, the Curra Community Hall project will move forward with construction set to commence in mid 2017.

A final community presentation will be held on Thursday 23 February 2017 from 1pm at the Curra Country Club – 10 David Drive, Curra.

This is an exciting opportunity to have your say about an important community project.

Submissions close 6 March 2017.

Curra Community Conplex concept design | Have your say


Echelon Park Playground Upgrade 2017

Gympie Regional Council is seeking local community feedback on:

  • Which types of equipment the community would like to see installed at the park;
  • Which age demographic is the most frequent user of this playground currently; and
  • Whether there is a particular age group that the upgrade needs to target.

This is an exciting opportunity to have your say about an important community project.

Submissions close 6 March 2017.

Have your say on the Echelon Park Playground Upgrade


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