Sunday, November 27, 2011

St Catherine's Hall Launceston - Timeless Modernist Design

St Catherine's Hall in Launceston  is a great example of Modernist design style
Community halls sprung up over Australia in the Post War period, and they provide an interesting social history that highlight the importance of halls such as St Catherine's that provided the community with a place to meet for events, functions, dances.  St Catherine's Hall in Launceston is an excellent example of 1950s architecture and it's design qualities are many.  The main entrance is fascinating with the use of a series of angled steel beams, the red brick facade, timber panelling and stone all combine to create a stunning, timeless example of Modernist community hall design.  The "St Catherine's Hall" typeface on the main facade of the building oozes 1950s design style as well. 

1 comment:

  1. I particularly love the timber and stone sections - they give a nice contrast to the red brick.

    Do you know why the roof was made flat? Perhaps climate control? Bauhaus always made roofs flat to maximise the usable space. People had chairs and potted plants up on the roof.


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