Flashback Friday – Arboretum Village Centre
18 February 2022
It has been a decade since we completed the construction of the iconic Village Centre at the National Arboretum. The stunning landmark, designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, was intended to work in harmony with the surrounding forests.
The complex roof structure is comprised of large scale curved laminated timber beams and a curved glass roof interlaced with zinc. The purlins in the roof of laminated Tasmanian oak were manufactured by a specialist contractor, 485 in total with individual dimensions and end shapes. They are up to 56 metres long and sit at varying radii resulting in a remarkable coved ceiling.
It was a technically challenging project and the Village Centre won multiple Territory and National Awards from both the Master Builders Association and the Australian Institute of Building.
Project Coordination is so very proud to this building, and to have left such an impressive imprint on Canberra’s architectural landscape.