Shear Outback - Australian Shearers Hall of Fame

Shear Outback - Australian Shearers Hall of Fame

RAIA
Shear Outback is a museum and interpretive centre on the outskirts of Hay. It documents and celebrates the role of shearers in Australia's growth and development. The complex includes a new museum and associated facilities, a re-erected 1920's woolshed, gardens, dams, windmill, tanks and levee banks. The site organisation and building design evolved from careful analysis of the landscape, climate and regional precedents as well as the functional requirements of a small museum. The new building is placed near the highway, forming a sheltering barrier to traffic disturbance. Two long earth berms engage the building and landscape, overlapping to define the entrance. The woolshed is placed at a distance from the new building; an object in its own right, displayed against the broad horizon. The new building is composed of sloping planes that define the major spaces and punch skywards with a dramatic silhouette. Tall steel blade walls shelter the Hall of Fame, a robust space that evokes the character of the great woolsheds. A low cantilevered verandah runs the length of the building, forming a contrasting space to frame the horizon and contain the never ending sky of the Hay plain. #2002 #architecture #Australia #awards #Berkemeier #Building #Commercial #institute #NSW #Paul #RAIA #Shear_Outback
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