This local community library and sports center located Newcastle, England features a weathered steel facade inspired by the local shipyards in the area.
Designed by architectural firm FaulknerBrowns Architect, the 19,000 square foot 'Hebburn Central' building includes a number of different facilities for the local community including a swimming pool, a library, event space, a dance studio and a sports hall. On the outside of the building, a number of weathered steel panels were laid amongst large glass panels for an interesting mixture of materials. These standardized steel sheets and their rust-red appearance were chosen to pay tribute to the town's history of ship-building and industry.
Large glass panels were placed where additional illumination from natural light was required, and the oxidized steel panels mimicking the appearance of a ship's hull were used for sections requiring a little more privacy and controlled lighting.