Dynamic Destination is stage-3 of the Australian Age of the Dinosaurs facility at Winton. It comprises two parts: ‘March of the Titanosaurs’ (MOT) pavilion containing a 60-metre-long fossilised dinosaur footprint trackway, and ‘Gondwana Stars Observatory’ (GSO), a signature enclosure hosting deep-time astronomy sessions.
Their temple-like expression is inspired by the topography and geology of the ancient, eroded rock mesa. Each project appears as an intrinsic extension of the mesa landscape textures, colourations and fissures. The MOT architecture presents as a horizontal extension of the mesa plateau, and a vertical extension of the mesa cliffs. It is elongated, draped around the fossilised trackway it encloses. Full-length glazing fans out to capture views of the endless plain below. The GSO is more introverted, like an ancient open-topped star-gazing shrine, its sides expressed as charred castings of a meteorite crater. It appears to erupt from the very crust of the mesa itself
The Dynamic Destination Project presents the third stage of the masterplan at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Imagined as an abstraction of the site’s landscape, the March of the Titanosaurus Pavilion presents a compelling interpretation of the site’s escarpment character, and the concrete is literally infused with the site’s golden soil.
The Gondwana Stars Observatory, with its meteor-like form, speaks to the astronomical experiences available at this Dark Sky venue. A rigorously bespoke approach to detail and materiality underpins an immersive sequence of experiences.
Both client and architect are to be commended for their collaboration, which has underpinned a seamless integration of exhibit and architecture.
Brendan Gaffney, Project Director
Casey Vallance, Design Director
Justin Bennett, Project Documentation
Rebekah Vallance, Project Architect
ACOR Consultants QLD, Structural Engineer
Australia Age of Dinosaurs, Project Manager
Belmont Merino, Landscape Consultant
Cushway Blackford Consulting Engineers, Hydraulic Consultant
Donald Cant Watts Corke, Quantity Surveyor
Grant Salmond, Astronomy
Philip Chun & Associates, Building Compliance
Rowan Gillies Electrical, Electrical Consultant