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    The Break Lookout is a design concept responding to Broken Hill’s natural surroundings, the Embedded Out-look draws upon both cultural and enviro… Read More
    The Break Lookout is a design concept responding to Broken Hill’s natural surroundings, the Embedded Out-look draws upon both cultural and environmental cues from the local area and community. Read Less
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The Break 
Design Concept Responding to Broken Hill’s natural surroundings, the Embedded Out-look draws upon both cultural and environmental cues from the local area and community. Drawing from the rich history of mining, the concept seeks to use both metal and earth to create a responsive structure that is sympathetic to the area. With elevation created through the mounding of earth, a natural formed elevated platform is both sustainable and cost effective to construct. Environmental practices and innovation By using local materials (red earth and corten steel) and responding to the natural environment, the project aims to utilise sustainable design practices such as: thermal mass, orientation and natural ventilation to become a leader in innovative and sustainable building practices. The decision to embed the tower in the landscape by mounding the existing earth was made to create a breezeway from the visitor drop-off zone to the viewing deck. A moment of delight is discovered as the visitors journey through the space defined by corten steel panels etched with information lining the passageway; the path opens to frame the vast solar array in focus.   Artistic and cultural heritage The connection and subsequent celebration of the renewable energy created by the solar array and the environmentally responsive outlook concept demonstrates the progressive and innovative foundation of the solar program. By using locally sourced and readily available materials, the feasibility of the project is established with local business having significant involvement in the fabrication of the design. Further to the sustainable precedent that this project sets, it’s greatest asset to the community is through establishing a place not only to view the great accomplishment of such an innovation in solar technology, but a recognition of sustainable building practices that set the basis for innovation across the country.