Mood in iconic memorial museum enriched by slatted ceilings

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9 September 2015
Mood in iconic memorial museum enriched by slatted ceilings
Mood in iconic memorial museum enriched by rustic slatted ceilings.

Supawood Driftwood Supatile Slat slatted ceiling tiles have been use to delineate the mood in selected areas of the National Anzac Centre at Mount Clarence within Albany Heritage Park, Western Australia.

The state-of-the-art interactive museum over looks King George Sound, the point of assembly and departure for the 1st and 2nd Anzac convoy’s deployed to war in 1914. This project was controlled by a very tight budget and a timeframe of just 10 months, the completion needing to coincide with the centenary of the departure of the 1st convoy on 1st November 2014, the planned date for the official opening.

The installation designers, Thylacine, sought a quick to install rustic finished timber slatted product for the ceilings in 2 key areas, the product also needing to provide ongoing access into the ceiling. Supatile Slat in Driftwood proved the perfect solution.

Dedicated solely to honouring the Anzacs of the First World War, the events of their story are displayed progressively in a manner aimed at provoking an emotional journey for the visitor. Each area of the museum conveys a different mood which is enriched by the quality materials used within it.

The entry reception area is dominated overhead by clear finished Driftwood slatted ceiling tiles. This rustic timber is reminiscent of both the maritime beginning of the Anzacs’ journey and the splintered wooden supports of the trenches marking the end.

Black Driftwood slatted ceiling tiles have been used for the ceiling in the most poignant space of the exhibition, a space for quiet contemplation where a Pool of Reflection is the centerpiece. This is an infinity pool which displays beneath its water a scrolling projection of the 41,265 names of those who left Albany in the first 2 convoys. The slatted ceiling tiles above pool and the scrolling names within direct ones gaze to end glass wall of the space out into a panorama of Georges Sound.

The use of Supawood Supatile Slat Driftwood ceiling tiles in this unique museum reflects the purpose to which the designer has applied them perfectly. The building is now an iconic memorial to Australian’s history and has already won the Western Australian Heritage Award 2015, Heritage Tourism Project and was shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Award 2015, Installation Design.

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