Zig Zag Cultural Centre Wins Timber Award

Published on 28 September 2012

The Shire of Kalamunda's precious, and much celebrated, Zig Zag Cultural Centre has won the Australian Timber Design Awards – Western Region.

Winners were announced in late September 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, in what has become the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.

Nestled within the Perth Hills at the end of the celebrated Bibbulmun Track, the community of Kalamunda desired a facility to showcase the natural beauty and local craftsmanship synonymous with their surrounds of natural bush, wildflowers, waterfalls, creeks and towering trees.

Shire President Donald McKechnie said, “Zig Zag Cultural Centre was designed as a multi-purpose facility able to encourage greater participation of the local community, and reignite this area as a tourist destination for the people of Western Australia.”

“We are celebrating 1 year of operation this month, and the announcement of the Timber Award, along with being announced a finalist in the Tourism Awards last night – it is fantastic news for the Centre – and for the Perth Hills as a Tourism Destination.”

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped make this such a successful endevour, especially the staff and volunteers who assist with the day to day operation of the Centre.”

Providing a focal point for festivals, events and an opportunity to showcase the local arts, crafts, food and wine industries, the centre features two inter-connectable conference rooms accommodating 60 people, an Exhibition space with an artist-in-residence area, the Perth Hills Visitor centre with a gift shop, administration facilities including office space and amenities, the Zig Zag Café with a commercial kitchen, education and interpretive display spaces, an outdoor stage and entertainment area and public art.

Designed to reflect the character and built to enhance the surrounding areas, the centre considers the heritage of Kalamunda as well as the natural colours and materials of the local environment. The resulting buildings were constructed using rammed earth and natural stone-clad walls, expansive timber eaves and profiled metal roofs typical of the surrounding heritage buildings.

Vast expanses of glass across the village-style centre (offering six smaller buildings in contrast to the brief for one), allow visitors to the centre to see inside the various buildings and when inside, appreciate the beautiful natural bush surrounds. As the centre is situated in the heart of the Kalamunda Cultural Precinct abutting the Historical Village the design of the centre was carefully thought through creating a balance between heritage and modern contemporary design, melding gently and unobtrusively into the surrounding natural beauty of Kalamunda.

“If you haven’t yet experienced the beauty of the Perth Hills, then come along to Walk the Zig Zag, set to be held on Sunday 7 October 2012. Providing a spectacular view of Perth City, the 3 km downhill walk is invigorating, educational, wheelchair friendly and caters for all physical abilities.” Said Cr McKechnie.

As well as all the natual beauty festival goers will get a real taste of culture, and the flavour of  Africa, Australasia, Europe and The Americas. Spot the camels and the African Drummers, if you are brave enough, visit the Australian reptile display. All FREE.

“Tourists and Locals can start at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre this year. They can also choose to just walk the 3km Zig  Zag, with transport from park-and-rides at Stirk Park, Kalamunda Road, Kalamunda as well as from Maida Vale Reserve, corner of Old Midland Road and Ridgehill Road, Maida Vale.”

Zig Zag Cultural Centre, Gateway to the Perth Hills. Find out more, call in today – located at 50 Railway Road in Kalamunda, phone 9257 9998 or go to www.zzcc.com.au

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