"It also gave us the raw quality we were looking for, as well as the durability that you want to see in any exposed, public structure of this type," he added.
The two concrete buildings have no ceilings, as such. Instead, a completely separate, continuous structure hovers over and above both buildings - an intricate pattern of steel-framed arches supporting a monoplane transparent fibreglass roof.
The steel arches are infilled with gold-coloured Kaynemaile polycarbonate mesh. (Some 64 triangular shaped pieces were fitted to the inner forms of the frame.)
Up close, the intricate weaves of the mesh triangles are obvious; from a distance, the appear as one complete, shimmering form.
Apart from giving the structure a unique aesthetic, the polycarbonate mesh also help diffuse natural light in the internal spaces.
As with any public building located in a wide, open space, there's always feat that it might be vandalised. In this case, the concrete walls have been treated with an anti-graffiti sealer, and seven months after completion it's yet to be tested.
And that, perhaps, is the ultimate tribute to this building - that its unique form and outstanding facilities evoke a sense of community pride that provides far better protection than any surface treatment ever could.