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Barras Centre
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Barras Centre

Our 15 metre diameter pink arches cover a once barren courtyard within a 1980’s development. The new arches formed in single pieces of curved high tensile steel provide the primary structure for a transparent polycarbonate roof covering. The intermediate layer of timber beams supporting the roof covering soften the space creating a pergola effect over the courtyard. Inside, the covering extends the life of the building into the spring and winter as well as on wet days. Doubling as a venue for concerts, functions and cafe breakout the lighting offers many flexible configurations. Pink fluorescent tubes lining the inside of the arches, powder coated to match, add a sparkle and vitality to the area referring to the traditional Barras ‘gateway arches’ that mark the entrance to the markets. A second phase of work to remove two market units and open the courtyard onto the road is proposed.

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