Pomona Hall was an interesting brief as the community really wanted a hall with multi-use ability and a new overall look and atmosphere, whilst keeping the old structure and fitting in with existing community architecture.
Because of these requirements, I really went out of my comfort zone to create a design that incorporates old and new in a fresh way without losing the soul of the original site or building.
The extension was designed so it followed the existing roof line and materials in a way that accentuates the soul of the building rather than changing it. A large floating mezzanine was placed in the center of the extension with the roof incorporating skylights both for improved light quality and views to the surroundings including the glasshouse mountains. This was particularly important as one of the key uses the community had envisioned for this area was an art gallery / drawing and painting classes.