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BHA wins at the National Steel Design Awards 2012

csu school of dentistry wagga wagga named as the joint winner - large buildings

Brewster Hjorth is proud to be the joint winner of the 2012 National Steel Design Award, Buildings –Large Project Category for the CSU School of Dentistry at Wagga Wagga, sharing the prize with Cox Architects/Hassell’s Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand. The Australian Steel Institute, Australia’s peak body representing the complete local steel supply chain, organizes the bi-annual event. The judges described the School of Dentistry for the Charles Sturt University as a “true steel building”.

Vicki Rushton accepted the award on behalf of BHA, together with Darren Jeffree from Taylor Thomson Whitting and Simon Musgrave from Rambler Welding Industries Pty Ltd.

The School of Dentistry provides specialist dental teaching facilities for 150 students and a large public dental clinic to serve southern NSW. The building’s design expresses a sophisticated rural aesthetic linking it strongly through form, colour, and materials to its gentle bush site to create a beautiful and striking symbol for the campus.

Light steel framed structures support large steel trussed roofs under which are built free standing component buildings clad in bright corrugated steel panels. The forms are reminiscent both of rural sheds and high technology manufacturing plants.
The building has two main wings which are laid out along the natural contours of the site. Each has a deep layering of structure, sunshading and facade that create a series of permeable veils. The dark colour and slenderness of the steel structure and the complexity and colour of the overlapping layers create an impression that the building is a natural part of the site, reminiscent of the stands of gums which surround it.

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