The new facilities include an eight lane 50-metre lap and competition pool, 20m learn to swim pool, slides, a toddler’s pool and splash park, gym and fitness studio, a café, creche and swim store.
For the main building with a footprint of about 5,400 m² Rubner Holzbau has provided the entire roofing structure, from full structural design and engineering, to shop drawings, manufacturing in the factory of Bressanone, shipment to site and finally technical assistance during erection.
Location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Design Cox Architecture, Kingston (AU)
Engineering Sellick Consultants Pty Ltd, Braddon (AU)
Client Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, Richmond (AU)
Glulam 480 m³ (srpuce)
Main beams length approx. 47 metres
The concept design by Cox Architecture, at their first experience using glued laminated timber as structural material for long spanning buildings in Canberra, led to a combination of amazing aesthetics, with slim tree-like struts on the East side and double struts on the West, and complex geometries that requested 3D modelling from the very early start. The split of beams which reach over 47mt length into containers keeping connections as hidden as possible was another challenge that Rubner Holzbau confronted and successfully delivered to the Client.
The installation which was initially programmed for a period of eight weeks ultimately lasted only four. That was the result of a DfMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) principle which led the work of the team that collaborated from the very early start, including Cox Architecture, Sellick Consultants and Kane Constructions.
Visiting the site ahead of its opening, Sports Minister Yvette Berry said it was the exposed timber beams that stole the show, “I haven’t been able to stop looking at them”.