The Kingston Powerhouse, Canberra’s oldest permanent building, occupies a prominent position in the Kingsford Foreshore redevelopment on the southern edge of Lake Burley Griffin and has been adaptively reused as an access centre for glass artists.
The centre allows the public to interact with the workings of the centre through a raised mezzanine level and tiered seating performance area, which addresses viewing and OH&S issues. Public facilities include a gallery space, retail shop and cafe. An innovative design solution has been developed that meets the functional requirements of a glass centre, within the constraints of the existing structure and its heritage limitations, and at the same time employing sound sustainability principles.
ESD principles include capturing the waste heat from glass furnaces for building services, passive heating and cooling systems (including geothermal), increased daylighting, and waste water and storm water reuse.