Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Winner of the Recycled Timber category in the 2020 Timber Design Awards

Mon Repos Turtle Centre occupies a sensitive beachside location in a Central Queensland conservation park. The structure of the centre is a timber glulam diagrid, used for both the roof and walls. The timber diagrid pattern references the turtle carapace and is celebrated throughout the interior.

The glulam used is Spotted gum, a class 1 hardwood sourced from Central Queensland. Recycled Tallowwood is used extensively as the exterior rain screen and internal wall panelling. Its use complements the copper cladding and Spotted gum glulam structure, creating a harmonious material palette which will patina gracefully over its lifetime.

Design: Richard Kirk Architect

Photography: Scott Burrows Photography and Glen David Wilson