searle x waldron architecture: annexe of the art gallery of ballarat
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jun 04, 2012
searle x waldron architecture: annexe of the art gallery of ballarat

‘annexe of the art gallery of ballarat’ by searle x waldron architecture, ballarat, australia
image © john gollings
all images courtesy of searle x waldron architecture

melbourne-based searle x waldron architecture
has recently completed the annexe for the ‘art gallery of ballarat’ within the city
of ballarat, australia. a dramatic roof form extends beyond the building’s footprint, addressing alfred daekin place and the historic
camp street. comprised of a linear composition of timber struts, the canopy filters dappled daylight onto the ground plane while
framing outward views of the encompassing campus. the multi-purpose space accommodates talks, workshops, installations
and gallery events. an operable glass facade may be opened, transforming the area into a bandstand for concerts to the public.

two columns support the triangular awnings of the cantilevered roof, protecting a series of concrete steps which double as seating.
inside, four peaks overhead are formed with perpendicular and inclined faces containing skylights to reflect a diffused light
downwards into the gallery. varied gaps within the timber boards and acoustical insulation behind modulate the sounds within
the space during events. fluorescent slot lights and tracks are recessed into the ceiling. along the perimeter windows, an open weave
curtain may be drawn closed to soften the southern glare.

view of building with curtain drawn closed
image © john gollings

canopy projects beyond the existing building facade announcing its presence
image © john gollings

light filters through the roof canopy
image © john gollings

outward view
image © john gollings

facade open
image © john gollings

seating for a lecture
image © john gollings

sculpture within the space
image © john gollings

image © john gollings

curtain drawn closed
image © john gollings

interior at night
image © john gollings

interior at night
image © john gollings

at dusk
image © john gollings

at night
image © john gollings

image © john gollings

context plan

site plan

floor plan / level 0





unfolded elevation

exploded axonometric

spatial configuration

roof plan + timber structural layout

hybrid program

historical context

project info:

architecture: searle x waldron architecture
location: ballarat, australia
area: 131m2 footprint / 187m2 covered area
client: city of ballarat, art gallery of ballarat
project team: nick searle, suzannah waldron
builder: nicholson construction
structural engineers: tgm group
services consultant: cosgriff & associates
lighting consultant: bluebottle 3
acoustic consultant: acoustic consulting australia
cost consultant: ddh quantity surveyors
completed: 2011
cost: AUD 500,000
photographer: john gollings
artworks: diana nikkelson, goanna petroglyph / inge king, awakening
double glazing: viridian
roofing membrane: ardex butynol
steel fabrication: ice engineering
steel operable glazing panels / windows: steel design
aluminum skylight frames: capral
curtain fabrication: d&c design
timber linings: fsc approved – alpine ash and pinus radiata
acoustic lining: regina glass fibre
paint coatings: dulux
stone flooring / steps: victorian bluestone (basalt)
fluorescent light fittings: sylvania slimdim batten 3000k
LED lighting: osram linearlight flex 3000k

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