Stromlo Leisure Centre, Australia

To date, the longest spanning glulam roofing structure in Australia

Stromlo Leisure Centre is an aquatic centre built to serve the local community of Molonglo. Nestled below the Mt Stromlo Observatory on an important landmark site within Stromlo Forest Park.

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.

Project details

Location Canberra, ACT, Australia

Completion 2020

Design Cox Architecture, Kingston (AU)

Engineering Sellick Consultants Pty Ltd, Braddon (AU)

Client Kane Constructions Pty Ltd, Richmond (AU)

Glulam 348 m³ (srpuce)

Main beams length approx. 47 metres

An amazing aesthetics, with slim tree-like struts

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.

The "Making of" of the Stromlo Leisure Centre

An innovative and sustainable design choice

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”.

Stromlo Leisure Centre - a unicum in Australia

Take a look at the short video and find out why directly from the protagonists' words!