Eden Welcome Centre

Eden, NSW

The building will facilitate the movement of over 100,000 passengers to and from cruise vessels and to the local region.

The Eden Welcome Centre is a new two-storey structure located in the popular cruise destination of Eden on the south coast of NSW. The ground floor is an open, mixed-use space while the first floor will house offices.

The design celebrates the town’s main industries of fishing, forestry and tourism with a sail-like appearance and extensive use of hardwood timber. Recycled timber is used for the primary structural members which have been sourced across the east coast of Australia.

The site is located on reclaimed land near the edge of the headland which presented several challenges, including soft ground conditions, a wet and highly saline environment and exposure to strong winds from the sea. A thick concrete ground slab provided a stiff foundation to eliminate the need for piles, and the connection details were specified to provide longevity to the structure.

Client: Port Authority of New South Wales

Architect: Cox Architecture

Completion: End of 2020

Sector: Government & Public

Services: Timber, Structural