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Daramalan College Design & Technology Building

Daramalan College required a new facility to replace their aging woodwork and textiles areas.

The new building has been designed to wrap around an existing building and fit snugly on a very tight space.

The ground floor houses a woodwork facility and the first floor accommodates the staff rooms and facilities, a textiles learning area, CAD studio and drafting learning areas.

The building has been designed as a solar passive building and state of the art environmental controls.

The ceilings spaces are raked to allow natural light to the work surfaces.

The detailing introduces recognition of the Design and Technology curriculum taught in these spaces and includes solid recycled timber and bamboo window revels, column capping, timber benched with bamboo carcases, timber floors and finely made timber trusses finished as a piece of furniture above the woodwork room.

The joiners Select Custom Joinery, Infinite Joinery, and Carpenter, Mark Reid from MR Building and have created extremely high quality workmanship.

All the timber has been hand polished with oil wax finishes in the spirit of the arts and crafts movement.

A centre piece of solid moulded coloured glass has been created by glass artist Liz Kelly and is located at the western end of the first flor corridor.

Design detailing extends to the wet area fit out with additional artists glass tiles, custom detailing to the stainless steel stairs rails and sculptured steelwork to the downpipes for durability and reference to the glass artists work in the screens and door of the bike stores.

Overall the building is a finely crafted functional naturally lit, inspiring, low energy, low maintenance facility that is appropriate to the teaching of design and technology. It sites as a credit to the collaboration between Client, Architect and Construction Manager and highly skilled Trades.

This building has been nominated as a finalist in the
'Master Builders and C-Bus Excellence in Building Awards' for 2013
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