Creating a distinctive urban form for a TAFE building
ACE has a distinctive identity, one that is shaped by the history of Docklands, the broader city and the automotive industry. To construct an identity for ACE that competes with the surrounding architecture of Docklands, we investigated the history of the area to find an appropriate gesture to scale up. The history of the ‘big shed’, that is still evident in nearby railway sheds, informs the simple large gable roof. A homage to the architecture of the Docklands, the design also connects to the roots of TAFE and industrial space for training. We designed the building to blur into the urban landscape, making it a recognizable addition to the fabric of the city. In addition to absorbing the context of Docklands, the design references automotive culture, and its relationship with the broader city. Kerb signs, tyre treads, the adjacent Charles Grimes overpass, and the sheen of car showrooms are all woven into the design.