Stylish school building in line for major award
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.