AIICS Multi Purpose Hall

The AIICS Multi Purpose Hall and extension to the amenities building is the continuation of new building work as part of RKA’s long term masterplan and staging strategy for the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School.

The Multi Purpose Hall is located on the northern side of the school grounds and is the first building encountered when approaching from the main pedestrian axis through the school. The materiality and structural concept is in keeping with the previous school buildings at AIICS by RKA, with the primary steel structure expressed to reveal its careful detailing and structural efficiency.

The structure is deliberately simple and repetitive, supporting a large mono-pitched roof. This skillion roof is a large rainwater catchment area which leads to rainwater tanks that provide landscape irrigation the entire school. To the north of the Multi Purpose Hall, paired steel downpipes align with the structural grid and splay outwardly to support the bespoke eaves gutter fabricated from plate steel.

Aramax roof sheeting was selected for its spanning capacity and unique aesthetic. Its deep profile enables the roof sheeting to span unsupported between steel portals therefore eliminating the need for roof purlins. The cantilevering roof overhangs provide shelter to the external spaces surrounding the Multi Purpose Hall
and presents a fine edge to the most prominent part of the building. Perforated Aramax sheeting is used internally on the ceiling to provide consistent finish overhead and acoustic attenuation.

Vertical bi-fold doors span between the steel portals to encourage activities within the Multi Purpose Hall to spill outdoors as well as natural cross ventilation with the operable louvres to the south. Two entry structures are defined by steel portals to the west. The diminished scale of the entry portals is complimented by the extensive use of timber and natural materials to provide a sensitive treatment to the entry sequence and illuminated display cabinets.

Program
Multi purpose hall for indoor sports, assembly and school performances

Client
Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School

Area
945m 2

Status
Completed 2010

Credits
Architect | Richard Kirk Architect
Structural & Civil Engineers | NJA Consulting
Electrical Engineer | LCI Engineers
Hydraulic Engineer | SPP Group
Contractor | Northbuild