Stylish school build­ing in line for ma­jor award

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - BIANCA KEE­GAN

AN eye-catch­ing steel mas­ter­piece at Trin­ity Angli­can School is vy­ing for a ma­jor na­tional de­sign award.

The White Rock school’s stylish science build­ing, which opened late last year, has been en­tered into the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture 2016 Awards for its unique con­tem­po­rary de­sign.

The build­ing was de­signed by Cairns ar­chi­tect Charles Wright and bor­rows from the dis­tinc­tive dou­ble he­lix shape of a DNA molecule for its in­no­va­tive fa­cade.

Ar­chi­tect Charles Wright said the strik­ing ex­te­rior of the build­ing was made from dozens of Stramit purlins, a type of struc­tural fram­ing.

“We needed a sup­plied pro­pri­etary fin­ish that was go­ing to stand the test of time,” said Mr Wright.

“We came across Zam fin­ish, a coat­ing suit­able for struc­tural purlins, when we were re­search­ing the best coat­ings for the fea­ture build­ing fa­cade.”

The type of coat­ing which uses a blend of zinc, alu­minium and mag­ne­sium meant the struc­ture would have greater cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance in the trop­i­cal cli­mate.

The most strik­ing as­pect of the fa­cil­ity, the he­lix twist, links the science build­ing to the rest of the cam­pus and also fea­tures in the de­sign of the stair­case.

The build­ing also boasts en­ergy ef­fi­cient fea­tures to al­low us­age to be mon­i­tored and rain­wa­ter tanks for the toi­lets.

The Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Awards pro­gram pro­motes ar­chi­tects in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The Far North­ern cat­e­gory of the awards will be pre­sented on May 6.

STRIK­ING SHAPE: Trin­ity Angli­can School's new science build­ing has been en­tered into the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture 2016 Awards.

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