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Natural-Industrial Design: Flamboyant Community Center Down Under

Moving away from the world of mesmerizing homes and breathtaking retreats, we turn our focus towards a delightful community center in South Ripley, Queensland. The Providence Neighbourhood Centre designed by Ellivo Architects is nestled on a spacious lot in Ripley Valley and overlooks surrounding vast green lands and the distant mountains. The neighborhood center was designed to be as much a gathering space for the local community as a multi-tasking structure that can change and evolve with growing needs over time.

Providence Neighbourhood Centre in Queensland, Australia

One of the most interesting features of the building is its unique blend of natural and industrial design elements along with a hint of modernity. From steel structural frames, exposed brick walls and timber screens that filter out harsh sunlight, the fascinating combination of contrasting materials used gives the community center a style of its own. Folding doors, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and skylights fill the interior with natural light as smart indoor-outdoor interplay creates multiple activity zones for both adults and kids alike. [Photography: Scott Burrows, Tony Phillips]

Wooden slats give the facade of the building a unique look
Comfortable seating with ample shade for the community center
Industrial design of the cafe with lovely lighting
Brick, wood and glass shape a modern industrial building
Natural-industrial interior of the cafe

Generous roof cantilevers provide shading to the café and entertainment deck, while high level roofing and skylights allows natural lighting to flow through the building. Views toward the Ripley Valley and surrounds are maximized through the building’s open plan design with full height windows where possible throughout. Design for future-use was core to the design with considered placement and selection of structural elements and materials.

Shaded outdoor zones give ample space for interaction and relaxation
View of the Providence Neighbourhood Centre from a distance
Curated landscape around the neighbourhood center
Lush green parklands and mountain views surround the neighborhood center
Ground floor plan of Providence Neighbourhood Centre
Site plan of the Providence Neighbourhood Centre

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