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Pomonal Community Hall

With the Grampians as a stunning backdrop, Workshop provided a new community realm and a clear civic address for the town of Pomonal.

  • Client Brief

    The existing post-war public hall – home to the Pomonal Wildflower Native Flower show, school art show, local community events, markets, zumba and cricket functions was a part of the town’s memories but a failing facility. Disconnected from the oval, it could no longer support the ambitions of a growing and energetic community.
    We were asked to provide a range of options that could cater for the current uses of the building, encompassing different strategies for renovating and extending the existing building, or replacing it with an entirely new facility.

    Design Response

    Currently completing construction, the design chosen by the community presents a different response to the two faces of the site – a framed, sheltered space around the historic ‘Sheep Tree’, and oval on the North face, and a clearly defined hall and entry from the carpark and highway on the South.
    In such a beautiful location, a new facility needs to have a clear presence without overwhelming the qualities of its context. This design retains the memory of the gable of the existing hall, manipulating its shape to provide simple, clear forms that balance complexity with clarity.

  • OSO Characteristics

    Key values

    • Three clearly different approaches, each addressing the brief with its own merits
    • A clear image of the building from the highway
    • Sheltered human scaled public spaces towards the oval
    • Response to the local climate – using the ‘Pomonal Doctor’ to cool the building

     

    Key materials

    • Project at concept stage, material selections to come
  • OSO Specifications

    Core deliverables

    • Multifunction hall space for 200 seated, 150 at tables
    • Meeting Room
    • Foyer and external break-out space
    • Kitchen to serve hall and oval events
    • Toilet facilities for hall and public use

    Services provided

    • Full Services

    Architect

    Workshop Architecture

    People

    Project Team: Simon Whibley, Bernadette Zajd, Bahman Andalib, Piran Reitze, Sarah Moussa

    Client

    Ararat Rural City

    Date completed

    Completed 2016

    Location and area

    Pomonal, Victoria

    Internal area 360 m²

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