Australian Architecture firm Akimbo Architecture has designed a ‘Forest’ of timber in the main square of Albury on the Victoria-New South Wales border. The entire structure is made from recycled materials. Where the blackened timber boards of the pavilion are salvaged from the Black Summer bushfires near Corryong, the steel is reused from the structure of the previous Summer Place, designed by CHROFI Architects. The temporary pavilion can be found in the location until the end of March 2022. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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The latest timber pavilion by Akimbo Architecture is tilted from the orthogonal geometry of Albury’s QEII Square and creates a new point of gravity in space.
An Experience of “Forest”
The softly black curved form of the pavilion gives a feel of a “forest” owing to the wooden slabs that wrap around it. “The slabs are positioned vertically, maintaining their connection to the forest from which they came,” said the firm.
The woods represent the trees along the Murray River that could be up to 1,000 years old. These trees have offered bark to create canoes, wood for campfires, and roofs for shaping water vessels for thousands of years to the local people.
The pavilion reflects on the experience of summer in the local region, and the significance of the Murray River and specifically the riverside trees and the shade they provide,” said the firm.
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Use of Recycled Timber and Steel
The reclaimed live edge timber slabs in the structure are obtained from sustainably managed timber plantations while the steel is recycled from last year’s Summer Place pavilion designed by Chrofi.
The warm tones of the raw timber slabs attract the attention of the people. And inside, the smell and touch of the wooden slabs create an immersive experience for them.
“The pavilion aims to create discussions around the local environment, sustainability, and the meaning of summer in the region,” concluded the firm.
Project Name: See the Forest- Summer Place 2021
Architecture Firm: Akimbo Architecture
Type: Temporary Pavilion
Location: QEII Square, behind the Murray Art Museum Albury
Date: 5 November 2021 - 27 March 2022.
Info and Image Courtesy: https://www.akimboarchitecture.com.au/
Photo Credits: Jeremy Weihrauch and Rhys Holland
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