With health and wellbeing their central philosophy, Mingara One Fitness and Wellness Centre, located on the New South Wales Central Coast, want their members to feel inspired by their impressive surrounds.

Mingara Recreation Club, together with Sandy Strazds of Graphite Architects, had specific ideas about what the centre was to look like, but logistically, the scale of the building made things difficult when it came to implementing the design.

The external façade of the centre is nine metres in height and Graphite Architects wanted to specify striking timber blades that reached the full height of the building, rather than panelling.

These timber blades were fundamental to Graphite Architects’ design to offer sunshading to the fully glazed western façade of the building, while still offering filtered views. Graphite Architects wanted a single, solid element that would span both floors, and Hyne Timber supplied the Hyne Beam 21C – a laminated beam produced from richly coloured and textured Australian red hardwoods.

The Hyne Beam 21C is a durable, termite-resistant timber and is known for its strength, performance and appealing looks.