INDIAN OCEAN MARINE RESEARCH CENTRE - UWA, CRAWLEY
Ferguson Architects were charged with designing a new six storey building to house a number of users concerned with the research in Marine sciences including UWA & CSIRO. The building design was first and foremost one of practicality and heavy emphasis was placed on building performance. The Architects however wanted an element to showcase the building to occupants and visitors alike and came up with a feature ceiling design that had some wow factor and complemented the buildings' use as a facility for marine research. Hence the wave design was born. Associated Shopfitters were contacted by Gus Ferguson to assist with the development of a construction method that maintained the timber blade design while minimising the visible fixings and providing for the smooth wave curvature. Many hours of collaboration followed until a prototype of the final construction method was approved. The contract for the building project was awarded to BGC Construction P/L and ASF received an order to manufacture and install the feature timber ceilings.
A seemingly difficult job was made significantly easier by good planning and communication. Timber modules were manufactured in our large Malaga factory and then fixed on site by our long term ceiling contractor C & L Ceilings, who executed a quality and efficient install. The modules were prefinished avoiding messy and time consuming onsite polishing. As can be seen from the photos above and below the Architects achieved the wave wow factor they were looking for.
ASF are proud to have been associated with the IOMRC project and have enjoyed working with Ferguson Architects and BGC Construction