Australian Space Discovery Centre

SHAPE was engaged by Renewal SA to deliver a new Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control within the historic McEwin Building at Lot Fourteen.

Client:
Australian Space Agency, Questacon

Designer:
JPE Design Studio

Client Project Manager:
Renewal SA

Project Manager:
Turner & Townsend

Delivery Model:
Lump Sum

Location:
Adelaide, SA

Duration:
5 months

Project Size:
1,500 m2

The project was split into 2 sections; a ground floor public centre for the Australian Space Agency and Questacon, and a tenant fit-out on Level 2.
The ground floor consisted of an exhibition centre, where Questacon would manufacture and deliver practical exhibits for the public to view and use.

The Space Discovery Centre featured high-end and technical architectural finishes, and specialised services coordination was required to ensure a smooth integration and delivery of these high-quality elements.

Large entry walls were clad with curved LED screens and copper metal wall cladding. Within the Discovery Centre is an ‘Innovation Hub’ which features a curved Corian stone counter where the public can check-in, attend and listen to talks, and learn about the space industry.

The ‘Mission Control’ centre is a live workspace that has been leased by Saber Astronautics. Within this area, live missions will be run and can be viewed by the public from a large timber-clad theatrette.

Many elements of the project required specialised services coordination. SHAPE resourced the project with a full-time services manager to review and manage the subcontractor and consultant processes. An example of this is the requirements of the services to the theatrette. This zone consisted of many strict AV designs and locations to ensure the system’s functionality, which had to be coordinated with the nominated services.

Weekly AV design workshops were particularly valuable for the project. These workshops were held to create and finalise the AV design and functionality with the client, end-user, contractor, SHAPE and subcontractors.

The new Australian Space Discovery Centre will inspire the next generation space workforce with stories of innovation, curiosity and technology.
Learn more here.

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