Narrogin Health Service
Silver Thomas Hanley
The refined material selection and functional design layout work harmoniously to evoke an inspire a sense of community wellbeing. Through meaningful stakeholder engagement, the outcome is a warm, welcoming facility whose architectural language inspires a sense of “pride” and “place”, by resonating history and landscape of Narrogin and the surrounding Wheatbelt communities.
The prominent entrance canopies are informed by a key visual icon of the Wheatbelt Region, stacked hay bales. Proportioned sheets of golden straw coloured cladding are stacked on a metal frame to create an inspiring new identity for the Health Service.
The form of the canopies reflect the hay bales and agricultural industry whilst the judiciously applied material palette of, golden anodised aluminium, glass, steel, and timber to pay homage to the flora and fauna of the region. The result is a design which is honest and durable.
The minimal simplicity of the architecture is uncompromisingly modern and seeks inject vitality to the facility and encompassing civic buildings. Nestled between adjoining heritage listed buildings, where possible the new NSH building is separated from existing; this diminishes concerns where the interface of new and old intersect and creates a clearly distinguished entry.
Photography: Silvertone Photography