Visitor centre vision comes to life
LOCAL architect Charles Wright says it is “fantastic” to see flesh, or at least steel and concrete, being put onto the bones of his dream for the Cairns Botanical Gardens visitors’ centre.
“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for us,” Mr Wright said. “Council was looking for something innovative and green.
“They wanted a building that was camouflaged to a degree, so we did some lateral thinking.
“We presented a concept to council much like the suit out of the movie
something that reflects the surroundings.”
While the building hopefully won’t become the focal point for a horde of marauding aliens bent of killing Arnold Schwarzenegger, they would probably appreciate the design and construction.
“It’ll have an electropolished stainless steel finish with an anti-oxidant coating, so it won’t get scratched, it won’t rust,” Mr Wright said. “Because the building is nestled in the trees, the reflective facade will basically reflect all the trees around it.”
The visitors’ centre, which will incorporate an interpretive centre, café, meeting room and undercover amphitheatre along with room for 30 council staff, also incorporates many “green design” features.
“It’ll have solar panels, rainwater harvesting and it’s also got a mixed-mode ventilation system,” Mr Wright said.
“The building relies on airflow, cross-ventilation and passive design features to reduce the thermal load.”
The centre is due to open in June.