Annexe of the Art Gallery of BallaratEdit profile
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.