New Noosa ’auto’ entry statement awash with green ideas
THE roofline of a “landmark’ car wash planned as a Noosa entry statement would look right at home on the back of a classic 1959 finned Cadillac back when motor cars were like moving art pieces.
They may have been massive “gas” guzzlers but the car wash planned for a 1260 sqm triangular island block on Noosa Eumundi road between Bunnings and Officeworks is going to be state-of-the-art and designed with sustainability in mind.
The Noosa Car Spa along Gateway Dr has been designed by Sunshine Beach architect Andrew Bock for “a longstanding local family run business”.
Mr Bock said the design has “references to early modern mid-century architecture which was a period of celebration of the automobile”.
“The owners wanted to create a high quality car wash facility which would speak for itself in terms of its appearance and could become a landmark building,” Mr Bock said.
Mr Bock, whose company ABA won Queensland Architecture Awards for the Kailani Beach Houses in 2018 and the renovation to the Old Westpac Bank building in Noosa Junction in 2019, said the building’s large butterfly roof “allows good penetration of daylight and allows to collect all rainwater for reuse”.
ABA also helped design the award-winning new Sunshine Beach Surf Club in 2020 completed in association with PUSH Architecture.
“It’s intended that the structure will be functional and also expressive with the objective that it will be very visible from all angles.
“The design needed to reflect the building forms and materials seen in the better quality developments in the shire,” he said.
These include black painted steel, rendered and face block, some selective use of timber and aluminium screening.
“The site will harvest rainwater for irrigation via the 68,000 litres underground stormwater tanks, will generate its own solar power and will be constructed using low maintenance materials,” Mr Bock said.
“Water used in the wash process will be collected and processed via a series of filtration systems, and separator before discharging to sewer.
“The natural landscape buffer along Noosa Eumundi Rd will be maintained and will be supplemented with additional high quality landscaping as will the entire site,” he said.
With and overall design for low maintenance the Noosa Car Spa will have one fully automated car wash, one large self wash bay for trailers and two self-wash bays plus a dog wash facility. The building will include a plant room to house the pump and wash equipment, a small office and vending machines.
There will also be additional carparking for vacuuming, cleaning and waiting for a further five vehicles.
Mr Bock said construction is being done by Calty Constructions.
“My work is consists of a mixture of commercial and residential architecture, problem solving, new projects and but also renovation with a particular emphasis on beautiful contemporary timeless design using natural low maintenance materials, climatic responsiveness, and building economy,” he said.