In the heart of the LaTrobe Valley stands one of the largest public galleries in Eastern Victoria, the LaTrobe Regional Gallery (LRG). The LRG was established in 1971 and has 7 amazing gallery spaces to house incredible regional and national exhibitions.
Earlier this year, the LaTrobe City Council begun the $1.5M refurbishment of the gallery which included upgrades to the façade, foyer and entrance, enhanced light and improved accessibility.
The LaTrobe Valley Authority further explained “The project will enhance the experience for visitors and bring the gallery in line with contemporary museum standards, which will enable it to host exhibitions and loan artworks, from galleries and museums across the world”.
Architecture and Urban Design firm NAAU won a competition to design the refurbishment. Their goal was to strip it back and celebrate the refreshed exiting façade. NAAU is an emerging practice that specializes in the design and delivery of urban architecture. Their firm ‘seeks to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of building in cities and urban environments’. This ethos is well represented in the waffle ceiling and expression of innovative glulam members upon entry.
Both LaTrobe City Council and NAAU committed to using locally sourced, sustainable timber to invest in the region and support local business as part of the council’s Wood Encouragement Policy. NAAU explained “The natural beauty and variety of timber is reflected in a modular design approach that presents as a complex form: much like the timber itself, the visual appearance is one of variety and difference, but behind the design is a simple, easy-to-fabricate methodology that showcases the product as if it were part of an exhibition itself”.
GOODWOOD Victorian Ash glulam was chosen as the material for the reception desk and ALPINE OAK was used for the ceiling to floor shelving. What makes the reception desk not only unique, but innovative is the use of 285 x 285 mass glulam beams made from our strong and aesthetically attractive GOODWOOD Victorian Ash. This combines the best of a high strength structural product with the aesthetic appeal of Australia’s favourite joinery timber.
ASH have been producing GLULAM products for over 20 years, so it comes as no surprise that the project team looked to ASH for a local, experienced option. Glulam beams made from GOODWOOD Victorian ash or SUPASPAN F17 give you all the benefits you would expect from this proven structural timber. But most importantly, they are strong – Australian hardwoods are some of the strongest in the world, for both as solid and as glue laminated members. It’s true that these beams have only been used as a decorative feature but they are stronger, denser and stiffer than the mass timber beams being used to construct Australia’s largest timber buildings.
To find out how ASH can be the solution for your next glulam project, call one of the sales team on 03 5139 7070.
For more information about GOODWOOD Victorian Ash, click here. If you love the floor to ceiling shelves, visit the Alpine Oak webpage to see how you can utilise this timber! For more information on glulam beams & laminated timber and how ASH can be the solution for your next glulam project, visit this page.
Client – LaTrobe City Council
Architect – NAAU
Photography – Benjamin Hosking