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SPACE FRAME FOR SPARE PARTS THEATRE

 

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The Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre building is getting a modern facelift in form of a so-called exo-skeleton. It’s a kind of Zimmer frame for buildings, as the images above show.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries commissioned North Fremantle Slavin Architects to help solve a problem identified with the Spare Parts building at Pioneer Park.

Slavin Architects were engaged by the Department to assess the external walls which were showing signs of potential structural instability.

Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the walls, which would have had a dramatic impact on Spare Parts future programs, Slavin Architects took a more lateral approach which was to brace the outside of the building with an ‘exo-skeleton’ or space-frame. Not only was the cost substantially lower than rebuilding the walls, but the time lost was minimal.

“The minimalist works provide an elegant and sculptural solution to a building of cultural and social significance to the City and the State.

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  1. Rob Fittock said, on March 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    a very clever outcome Murray

  2. Murray Slavin said, on March 13, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Great to be working with CLPM and Quoin Consutling to help stabilise the building with minimal disruption to the fabulous Spare Parts programs


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