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Shear Outback - Australian Shearers Hall of Fame
by Paul Berkemeier Architect Pty Ltd

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

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.
 
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Location
HAY, NSW
Architect
Paul Berkemeier Architect Pty Ltd
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.Project Team
Project architect: Paul Berkemeier, Paul Berkemeier Architect Pty Ltd
Project manager: Dept of Public Works and Services
Structural consultant: Birzulis Associates
Civil consultant: Acor Consultants
Electrical consultant: Peter McLean Lighting Art and Science
Mechanical consultant: Richard Duggan and Associates
Hydraulic consultant: Acor Consultants
Landscape consultant: Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Lighting consultant: Peter McLean Lighting Art and Science
Environmental consultant: Acor Consultants
Quantity consultant: Page Kirkland Partnership
Builder: Belagna T/A KW & PD McDonnell Builders
Exhibition Design: Bannyan Wood
Graphic Design: Marianne Hawke Graphic Design
Photographer: Brett Boardman Photography
Other Team Members : Brent Trousdale, Susannah Potts, Matt Day, David Gowty, Miriam Green
Entered
2002


Photographs by Brett Boardman Photography, text by Paul Berkemeier Architect Pty Ltd

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