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Technology and design marry in new Porsche dealership

An innovative mix of prefabrication and architectural design has solved site and time constraints at a new Porsche dealership in Doncaster, Victoria.



BY Andrew McDonald

January 6th, 2016


Designed by Technē Architecture, the project features a unique stacked configuration to suite the small 1674 square metre space. In response to this difficult site, Technē designed a unique ‘vertical dealership’.

The showroom, workshop, offices and car storage of the Porsche dealership are stacked atop of one other. This configuration of the building gives the business a notable presence, reflecting the prestige of the Porsche brand.

The decision to utilise prefabrication in construction in this project saw the structure’s installation time being a mere 26 days.

“Every part of the structural system was prefabricated,” says Technē Director Nick Travers, “The system has advantages given the small site size and limitations on space for setting up for construction using standard in-situ building techniques.”

The new structure includes four suspended floors, precast beams and hollowcore planks with clear spans up to 15 metres. Three precast lift shafts supplement these, which sees technology a distinct feature of the project.

“Being made in a factory, which is a controlled environment, takes away uncertainty” Travers says, “The architectural design of the facility responds to the Porsche brand, its remarkable cars and the high standard of service offered in their dealerships.”

The ground floor is dedicated entirely to the showroom, with a double-height workshop located on the first level and a series of offices on the mezzanine level. The rooftop is used to house the vehicles waiting to hit the showroom floor.

Technē Architecture + Interior Design
techne.com.au

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