The intent was to bring together the growing town of Point Lonsdale by creating a community hub within a new environmentally-focussed development on the Bellarine Highway – The Point.
With its location on the southern bank of The Point’s new tidal lake, the hub offers clear visibility to visitors approaching Point Lonsdale, and acts as a worthy focal point to communicate, engage and connect residents who live there as well as draw those from the wider community.
The delivery of this project went above expectations. Recognising the desire to capitalise on the spectacular lake aspects and access to natural sunlight, the design response draws widely on the coast and marine surroundings while providing shared community spaces within the building to allow for a mix of purposes. Our early analysis of the construction materials informed our set-out of the building in order to produce an even visual rhythm both externally and internally.
The exterior is expressed as a series of two boathouses perched on the edge of a pier. Inside, clean lines showcase the lake views, featuring exposed handcrafted timber trusses with a use of muted natural materials designed to weather and meld into the landscape over time.
To help achieve this, we paid significant design attention to integrate or entirely conceal the building services and systems. This includes the ductwork, PV cells and mechanical services.
The result is a cleanly detailed and formally balanced building that seamlessly complements the overall development. Officially launched in November 2019, the hub has been excellently received by the local community and visitors.