Overseeing the largest infrastructure project undertaken in the region, Ashley Halliday Architects greets those departing and arriving at Mount Gambier Regional Airport with a design that embodies its local offerings.
The design itself channels the hills of the location among clearly defined entry points. Columns of radiata pine greet passengers upon arrival and are then immediately immersed in the spectacular geological wonders of the area. A circular skylight is a nod to the Umpherston Sinkhole, with charred wood and black mesh merging with sunlight to create ever-changing geometric shapes in the space.
There is an array of spaces designed to accommodate the needs of those coming and going from the area. A multi-modal space includes a cafe, bar, tourist service, branded storefront, art gallery, commercial kitchen, and function space that can be easily reconfigured. It has already hosted functions, community events, helicopter FIFO shows and more, allowing the council to see greater usage and return on investment as flight demand continues to fluctuate dramatically. Secure swing doors, walk-through corridors and security floors have all been included in the terminal to ensure that accessibility and functionality are not compromised.
In order to minimize artificial lighting, the exterior cladding is made of clear polycarbonate which provides natural light. Large sweeping fans and working louvers have been put in place to naturally ventilate the space, with a 55kW solar panel and borehole water connection ensuring the new terminal is durable.