Inspiring tree ceiling adds warmth to award-winning school hall

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16 April 2015
Inspiring tree ceiling adds warmth to award-winning school hall
"A space that leaves the user simply delighted." Photo © Murray McKean Photography.

SUPAWOOD’s SUPACOUSTIC acoustic panels warm the interior of the new award-winning multipurpose hall at St Pius X High School in Adamstown NSW.

In mid-2012 the school’s hall was destroyed by fire. Schreiber Hamilton Architecture were given the brief to design a new hall using simple materials which would serve as a long lasting centre of inspiration for the school.

SUPACOUSTIC customised panels in SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine concept veneer perfectly fulfilled the interior design intent. Offering a highly durable consistent finish, customisable acoustic option, proprietary fixing system and Group 1 fire rating, this product provided an effective cost saving alternative to plywood.

The ceiling has been lined with grooved and perforated SUPACOUSTIC acoustic panels which form a tree motif over the entire surface. Lighting has been integrated into the pattern to emulate twinkling stars. Matching smooth panels have been used on the walls.

The ceiling panels were supplied oversize and prefinished with the pattern segments, then trimmed to size onsite to fit the shape of the ceiling. As plywood was originally specified, SUPAWOOD assisted in redrawing the ceiling design to suit and provided shop drawings to aid in installation complexities.

The Sister Marie Centre has been awarded 2 regional architectural awards. The jury citation for the project sums up this beautiful warm interior…

“The quiet harmony of the robust exterior form is focused on the quality of the new spaces it now contains. Delight in this architecture is created within. The interior space allows a curious combination allowing a gathering space of joy and light with a paralleled sense of solitude and contemplation. The exploration of simple materials detailed with attention and care encourages a continual degree of observation and admiration. A space that leaves the user simply delighted.” (Newcastle Herald 13/3/15)

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