PROJECT DETAILS

Location: St Kilda, Victoria

Architects: Brearley Architects and Urbanists (BAU) and Grant Amon Architects (GAA)

Completed: 2021

Products used: Cork Dekwall

 

The project: 

The dream of the purpose-built Victorian Pride Centre was realised when two award-winning architects joined forces: BAU and Grant Amon Architects. Their combined architectural distinction brought unlimited possibilities to the LGBTQI+ community while connecting the dots between its values, culture, and history. A collaborative approach emphasised a wider collective input and connection, resulting in this incredible public building – and the coveted 2023 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year.

The brief: 

The VPC board envisioned the building as a unifying hub for coexistence, celebration, and engagement within the LGBTQI+ community. It provides flexible and multi-use spaces to support cultural activities and develop the capacity of organisations and individuals. The overall design approach underpinned a sustainable and healthy environment with minimal consumption of natural resources. Good acoustics, comfortable internal temperatures, and light control were also prioritised to accommodate those with sensitivities.

Circular design meets sustainability

The solution: 

The authentic inclusivity and accessibility goals of the brief were achieved through low-impact, sustainable materials. For the interior framing, the design team sourced Cork Dekwall from Market Timbers for its natural health benefits and future-focused and sustainable properties. At the same time, the cork captures the spirit of the building and nestles itself amongst the rich variety of textures and materials. 

Using Cork Dekwall panelling provided excellent thermal insulation to maintain comfortable internal temperatures with minimal energy consumption. The double-layered cork ceiling goes a step further by absorbing sound without trapping dust, making it both hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Visually, the soft texture and natural tone of the Cork Dekwall panelling contribute to the warm, inviting feel of the centre. Together, these materials and design elements evoke a welcoming, adaptable environment that respects and integrates natural and cultural contexts.

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michele rossiter
michele rossiter
2023-11-30
My experience with this wonderful company after 18 months of dealing with tradesman, from an insurance claim ,who ruined my floor with poor workmanship I went to see Gary and his team of professionals for help Raz was our saviour from our first meeting in my home to the finished product he was amazing I recommend this company to everyone for their knowledge and expertise The lovely James and his team who layed the floor with incredible skill workmanship we thankyou so happy and my home looks amazing
Jenny J
Jenny J
2023-05-23
At every step these guys were responsive, informative and efficient - just great to deal with!
Chester Brewer
Chester Brewer
2023-03-14
TMB timber has the best quality and design door for great price, after struggling with special order prices at bannings, door galore and door plus I was able to buy same door that’s 2k or more for an affordable price at TMB. Thanks Amarjit for great communication and advice,
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson
2022-11-28
Rez Rezak and his team were totally professional. They supplied and laid our cork flooring without any hassles at all and were simply superb to deal with. Highly recommended.
Blake Boughton
Blake Boughton
2022-11-26
Spoke with Rez - Right off the bat it was fantastic customer service, even considering what I was after was quickly realized as far outside of my current budget for the project at hand.With the service I received over the phone however, I'm certainly thinking of spending some extra money through Market Timbers for a much higher quality panel. I mean, that IS what they do!Rez helped outline a panel that would work for me and quoted me a price, we had a discussion around the timber and some of the services they would be able to provide when it came to my new home office desk project.What I appreciate even more than what many would call the 'Standard customer service experience' was that he took the time to answer some of my more newbie questions and explain things for me. I'm far from familiar with any kind of woodwork; projects in Highschool are probably the most recent I've worked with any kind of wood. (Highschool certainly lifetime ago)Rez did a brilliant job of assisting me; with both his patience for my questions and the quality of his woodwork knowledge it provided me with some much-needed direction on my new desk project.From a slightly hungover Saturday morning call that could have gone any way - it was a fantastic experience. 10/10 would recommend giving the blokes down at Market Timbers a buzz if you've any timber related projects coming up!
Emma O
Emma O
2022-07-11
Excellent service from Rez, Andrew and co, from the first enquiry to the finished cork floor. Really appreciated the attention given to a small job like ours. Would definitely use Market Timbers again.
Ferenc Jakab
Ferenc Jakab
2022-05-05
The cork flooring is a fantastic product. We are situated 5 hours from Melbourne but Asad made our purchase easy, with technical advice, sending samples, helping us to estimate the quantity of flooring needed and arranging freight, which isn't easy at our location. Happy to recommend Market Timbers and their products.
Sophie Allan
Sophie Allan
2022-03-02
Asad and the team at Market Timbers have gone above and beyond to help us with lovely cork tiles for our renovation. Even though ours was a pretty small job they gave us great service and even located extra stock of a sold out product for us when we unexpectedly fell short with our original order. Highly recommend Market Timbers.
Jeffrey Moon
Jeffrey Moon
2022-02-21
Great advice and communication. Asad and the team were excellent. Delivery was on time, the driver was friendly and helpful. Really happy with the timber quality. A great experience all round.
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