Guided Missile Launching System
The Guided Missile Launching System assembly and overhaul building was the second of an intended series of buildings which extend along the Garden Island waterfront on the east side of Woolloomooloo Bay. The building is used to service and install the Harpoon missile armament system of the Royal Australian Navy’s frigates. Ships berth under the working radius of the 250 tonne hammerhead crane that lifts the assembly out and lowers it through the opening roof of the GMLS building.
The circular form (which is 23m diameter and 19m high) is expressed as a polygon based on the circular internal crane / gantry devised to provide heavy lifting over its entire floor area. Two multi-tiered, demountable, hexagonal platforms, surround the central assembly space. The simple form of the structure and its large sun louvres maintain the necessarily large scale of its setting. Linked by large stainless steel ducts, the external plantroom, substation kiosk and other ancillary equipment are arranged around the GMLS building, like the large shipping containers on the wharf.
Sited adjacent to the West Amenities Building and closely related in form to the massive ships, dockyard cranes and maritime equipment, the GMLS building has a purposeful appearance that is appropriate to the scale of its dockyard context.
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