The Irish Club has been a landmark in Brisbane since the 1800s.
The building is on the Queensland Heritage Register, both for its colonial facade and the vaulting interiors of Tara Hall. After the sale of the building in 2015, our client sought to breathe new life into through opening up the building as a public cinema.
02. 3D Laser Scanning
JDA used laser scan technology to ensure that the building was correctly documented, and its heritage preserved.
03. Design Process
The proposal seeks to restore and breathe new life into the building, by recalling to the city an authentic cinema going experience to a place of special heritage value, enabling greater access to its beautiful heritage interior to the public.
Being a heritage building in the city with few external walls, getting light into new common spaces proved particularly difficult. The original arches of the facade were uncovered and exposed harking back to the classic era of cinema design and allowing much needed natural light into the lobby. These arches were then referenced further by opening up arches in the street awning so that pedestrians could look up and appreciate the facade from the footpath.
Brisbane CBD, QLD
James Davidson, Martin Arroyo, Mara Francis, Sam Bowstead, Clive Ba-Pe
Concept Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Contract Administration
JDA has been involved in the revival of a number of significant heritage buildings that are a part of Brisbane's history. Innovative 3D laser scanning has allowed us to produce highly accurate documentation both internally and externally, which has allowed an unprecedented level of accuracy and efficiencies during the design and building process. For our heritage work in particular, these laser scans or "point clouds" create perfect 3D records of important buildings oor spaces for others to explore.
3D Laser Scanning
We understand the importance of accuracy, especially when working on remote and difficult to reach locations. Too often issues arise due to poor base plans or incorrect measurements. At JDA, we record 3D laser scans of landscapes, existing buildings and heritage landmarks to capture, explore, measure, and design into with millimeter precision.