Sharp geometric forms beckon to a honeyed cave Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre is a building of contrasts. It’s imposing but harmonious. It’s an abstract interpretation of nature. And it’s modern with a rightness unrooted in time. Most surprising of all, perhaps, is how the raw exterior unwinds into a warm, soft, delicate timber lining.
With wild rainforests, rolling grasslands and roaming Tassie Devils, it's no surprise Cradle Mountain entices a surging number of visitors. But how can you design a meaningful visitor experience in a footprint never intended to accommodate that number of guests? The Visitor Centre is the first development in a major plan to reimagine the iconic Cradle Mountain experience.
The Visitor Centre offers a warm alpine welcome to reflect both the sense of rugged-up anticipation on arrival and the distinctive Cradle Mountain geology. The sculptural, wilderness-inspired development includes an orientation building, commercial services base, shuttle bus shelter and coach transit centre. At every turn, we aimed to honour the significance and sensitivity of this worldrenowned national park.
08 强烈视觉体验的导览立柱与游客中心 Strong visual perception of the guide column.jpg(293.54 KB, 下载次数: 1)
Materials to mirror nature We designed the buildings to feel grounded, as if carved from a solid rock by a glacier. The umbrella rain-screen form references the folding angular geology of the site, inviting visitors into the cave-like timber interior. It’s quite a feeling to walk inside the sculpted interior timber cave, a completely unexpected gem inside the building.
19 伞状雨幕的建筑形式呼应了当地褶皱起伏的地质特征 The umbrella rain-screen form .jpg(426.79 KB, 下载次数: 1)
The choice of timber for the interior was about the poetics and qualities of the place. Because timber is natural, guests feel connected to nature. It often evokes a response other materials don’t. Measured tourists footprints The design required an in-depth understanding of visitor movements across the site. It needed to accommodate the wide gap between peak and average visitor numbers and feel inviting in both cases.
22 游客中心洞穴状的内部空间 The cave-like timber interior of the visitor center .jpg(379.23 KB, 下载次数: 1)
Our intuitive way-finding strategy creates a flow to subtly guide visitors while they interact with site interpretation and visitor information. We used a hierarchy of space that organises services but lets the staggering natural setting sing out.
No mountain high enough The Visitor Centre design went through many iterations as more stakeholders saw the project’s potential. But we’re proud the essence and guiding goals remained constant throughout, even as other aspects shifted around them. It’s quite a feeling to walk inside the sculpted interior timber cave, a completely unexpected gem inside the building. Whilst the triangulated timber volume’s complex geometry proved a technical challenge, it’s all the more satisfying to admire it now knowing the hard work involved.
项目名称 Project name: Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
项目位置 Project location: Cradle Mountain, TAS, 7306, Australia
项目类型 Project type: Commercial – Tourism
项目面积 Project site area: 98,428 sqm
建筑面积 Gross floor area: Ground: 1,379 sqm (including covered walkway);1st Floor: 260 sqm;Total: 1,639 sqm
设计机构 Architect: Cumulus Studio
业主单位 Client: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania (Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Services) Traditional owners of the land: The Big River Nation
建成日期 Completion date: 04/06/2020
项目摄影 Photographer: Rob Burnett, Anjie Blair