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The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie NSW

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Complex panel design for The Glasshouse 

SUPAWOOD timber panels dominate the architecture throughout The Glasshouse at Port Macquarie and are intrinsic to the acoustic excellence of the building. This is another project where SUPAWOOD fully delivered on demanding and complex linings. 

Completed in mid-2009, The Glasshouse was designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. This building has become a landmark in Australian contemporary architecture and has collected an amazing accolade of awards including three Australian Timber Design Awards.

Throughout the project SUPAWOOD worked closely with the design team in both the design construction phase and installation, in total manufacturing and installing over 2000m2 of panels.

port macquarie inside

There were 3 key areas where SUPAWOOD’s contribution was particularly remarkable:

Shell Wall     |     Theatre Interior     |    Twisted Panels

Shell Wall:

Through the exterior glass skin of the building which gives it its name, the aesthetics and warmth of the huge timber Shell Wall in the foyers hints at what lies further within. The wall extends more than 12m above the ground floor to the full height of the building and is cleverly overlap to wrap around the curved parts of the walls. Further interest has been added by highlighting the panel edges and intersections with red.

Created from SUPALINE solid panels in SUPAVENEER Spotted Gum NTV with hand applied thickened edges and concealed fixings, SUPAWOOD was able to meet all quality and delivery requirements.

Theatre Interior: 

The view from the stage of the 600 seat state of the art theatre is awe-inspiring. Towering up and curving around on every side, the theatre panels are custom perforated with a pattern reminiscent of a music score which has been enhanced by a black infill. The rich wood finish is SUPAVENEER NTV Spotted Gum.

The panels are absorptive, reflective and diffusive as called for by the demanding acoustic specifications. While the detail and form of these panels is functionally derived to achieve effective acoustics, the intricate decorative affect achieved is outstanding. 

Twisted Panels:

This project contained many challenges but the most complex was the fabrication of the unusual twisted acoustic panels for the theatre. The Builders, Hansen Yuncken, turned to SUPAWOOD to achieve this remarkably technical undertaking and overcome the logistical feat of delivery to the remote location of Port Macquarie.

These panels were fabricated with the unique twist in the face in SUPAWOOD’s factory then transported to site as complete units ready to mount. 

twisted panel

SUPAWOOD’s ability to deliver an extremely intricate and detailed paneling project from the design process through to installation met all the quality requirements expected by the Architects, Acoustic Consultants and the client. This is a tribute to all who were involved in the project and showcases SUPAWOOD at their best.

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The Glasshouse is now recognised as an integral cultural part of the community. The staff, patrons and performers alike are all visually and audibly moved by the contribution the SUPAWOOD panelling has provided to the venue's experience.

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Architect: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Builder: Hansen Yuncken
Project Managemant: Root Projects Australia

Architectural Awards:
2010 AIA (NSW) Blacket Prize for Regional Architecture
2010 AAIA (NSW) Commendation in the John Sulman Award for Public Architecture
2010 Winner National Commercial Interior Fitout Award, Australian Timber Design Awards
2010 Winner Central Region Commercial Interior Fitout Award, Australian Timber Design Awards
2010 Winner, Best Use of Australian Certified Timber, Australian Timber Design Awards
2010 Highly Commended Institutional Interior, IDEA Awards

Other Awards:
2013 Winner, Countrylink North Coast Tourism Award: Best Cultural and Heritage tourism attraction - Hall of Fame
2012 Presenter of the Year - Australian Performing Arts Centres Association Drovers Award
2012 Bronze Award, NSW Tourism Awards - Heritage & Cultural Tourism
2012 Winner, Countrylink North Coast Tourism Award: Best Cultural and Heritage tourism attraction
2011 NSW Tourism Awards: Rod Murdoch Award for Excellence in the operation of a Visitor Information Centre
2011 Exhibitions & Public Engagement (4 or less staff) IMAGinE Award, Museums & Galleries NSW
2011 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Award: Best Cultural and Heritage tourism attraction
2011 APACA Drovers Presenter of the Year — Honourable Mention Award