Panels of rusty metal provide cladding and a colonnade for this Brisbane community centre by local architecture firm Kirk, referencing the corroded car wrecks once dumped on its site (+ slideshow).
Kirk designed the building as a cultural centre for the growing Brisbane suburb of Fitzgibbon. It houses health services, shops and a community hall, on a site formerly used as a dump for vehicles and rubbish beside a stretch of bush parkland.
The rusty metal wreckage prompted the architects to select pieces of weathered steel for the outer structure of the building. They felt the material would provide an anchor to the site's past and, as it continues to weather, help the building to blend with its location.
A row of tapered fins form a colonnade in front of the community centre providing shade for the glazed rooms within, while the sides are clad in solid panels of the rusted metal."The Fitzgibbon Community Centre is a response to the common suburban landscape in which it is located," said the architects.