There is something for everyone in the Bunjil Place foyer. Parents can grab a coffee at the café, while kids can play a game on the state-of-the-art interactive touch wall. Be sure to take a moment to look up and admire the enormous timber grid shell – truly a work of art!
The foyer is impossible to miss and the perfect place to begin your Bunjil Place journey.
In the meantime, here's some more information about the space:
Timber gridshell: The timber gridshell is a complex arrangement of prefabricated glue-laminated spruce. This was a world-first for this design and complexity. Each element was manufactured in Germany and shipped to the site in containers, then assembled on site with interlocking plates and bolts - sort of like a sophisticated flat-packed feature, but without the giant Allen Key!
One single tree: All the timber veneer you see on the walls inside the Foyer (and the Theatre) was sourced from a single massive blackbutt tree. The tree was saved by a sawmill in Queensland, who was waiting for the perfect project that could make the most of this unique opportunity - and Bunjil Place was that perfect project!
Glass facade: The glass facade is 12m high. Large sheets of glass were melted into a special mould to achieve the exact curve of the building. They're stacked vertically on top of each other and are self-supporting, held together with structural adhesive (kind of like industrial strength double-sided tape). So as not to disturb the amazing light and sight-lines through the glass, the architects and structural engineers worked together to develop a sophisticated transparent glass column that sandwiches together multiple pieces of strengthened, laminated glass, which is clamped together with metal discs.
Interactive touchscreen: The stories of Bunjil the eagle and Casey are captured in the interactive touchscreen wall outside the Studio. Children and adults of all abilities can connect through the floating nodes, with interactivity available at all heights from the top to the bottom of the screen. People can create their own avatar, to join the hundreds of other community members and visitors already in the virtual community. This platform is designed to continue to grow in information and experiences over time.
- Interactive touch wall
- Timber grid shell
- Central service desk
- Upper level foyer