Transit 210 – Cara & Co

Project Name:

Cara & Co

Location:

Sydney, NSW

Architect:

Foster & Associates

Contractor:

Abode Bathrooms

Consultants:

Projectwize

Application:

Space Sculpting

Specification:

Transit 210

Photography:

Brent Robinson

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Scope

Cara & Co, a unique high end retail concept, were looking to replicate their Moscow store in the newly refurbished Westfield Sydney City. The Cara & Co concept store offers intellectual fashion, art, food and music, incorporating a fine dining restaurant at the rear of the retail presence.

The brief detailed curtaining, the function of which was to provide low level security for the retail goods, while still allowing access to the restaurant beyond standard retail trading hours.

Progression

Locker Group worked with consultants, Projectwize, the architect, Foster & Associates, and the contractor, Abode Bathrooms, recommending minor modifications to the original design layouts in order to achieve the functional and aesthetic design intent.

One particular focus was the strength and durability of the tracking system, which was chosen to satisfy both the geometric and load constraints, while remaining fully operational.

Outcome

The Stainless Steel curtains remain almost undetectable during the day, as shoppers are able to move throughout the store exploring the possibilities. In the evening, as the retail trading draws to a close, the curtains are drawn and secured.

Patrons are able to pass through the central avenue of the store, and still be tantalised by the high end fashion and gifts they can see through the Transit curtains, however the goods remain secure.

The installation of tracks and delivery of the curtains were staggered during the fit out to balance the constructability of the system, while minimising the need to store the curtains on site, with a risk of damage prior to installation. Locker Group worked closely with all parties to ensure delivery requirements were met.

Boston 743A Lightweight Facade

Project Name:

103 Lonsdale St

Location:

103 Lonsdale St

Architect:

SJB Architects

Application:

Facade

Specification:

Boston 743A Anodised Installed utilising Locker Group lightweight facades

Photography:

Rob Burnett, Brent Robinson

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Scope

SJB Architects designed a canopy for the refurbishment of this heritage building, with the requirement of high visibility as an important factor. The original design was to consist of a mixed arrangement of small and large aperture woven panels manufactured in Brass. It was to be robust, yet fine enough to allow high visibility.

Progression

With this brief in mind, Kubic Constructions set out to create the structure. Ronstan were called on to provide a minimal framework solution, which resulted in a tensioned cable system. Locker Group worked closely with SJB, providing samples to add physicality to the design at concept stage. As the project evolved, it became clear that a singular aperture design would create a more consistent visual aesthetic. The logistics of the project also posed a concern in its creation. Using Brass was going to be difficult, given the complexity of the installation process. With this in mind, Locker Group was able to create the perfect solution, without compromising the design requirements.

Outcome

The final specification was for Locker Group’s Boston 743A, a square woven mesh with a 17mm Aperture made from 4mm Diameter Wire The simplicity of the specified Boston 743A produces high open area; an integral feature of the design element, to produce an open space with structural integrity. Probably the most exciting feature of this project however, was that the mesh was produced in Aluminium, a first for Locker Group on this scale. Combined with a gold anodised finish from AAF, the mesh gives the appearance of a brass mesh, without weight issues, providing ease in handling and installation. The material was produced into a panelised system, integrated with sliding windows, resulting in a triumph of design and construction, and a crowning achievement to the site.

Atmosphere – Park Beach Plaza Car Park

Project Name:

Park Beach Plaza Car Park

Location:

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Architect:

Reddog Architects

Builder:

Edwards Construction

Application:

Facade

Specification:

Atmosphere

Photography:

Rob Cleary—Seen Australia

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Scope

Park Beach Plaza required a facade product that was fast and easy to install, would provide anti-throw and anti climb characteristics from within the car park, while allowing natural light and ventilation to meet the Australian Standard requirements.

In addition, the client desired the flexibility to be able to move the screens as sections of the car park may be converted to retail space in the future.

Red Dog Architects presented Atmosphere® as a potential solution.

Progression

Locker Group worked with Reddog, and the builder, Edwards Construction. The final design incorporated three different Atmosphere element profiles, and two different perforation configurations.. The facade was powder coated 5 different custom colours, the combination of which hinted at the beachside location of the car park.

The car park itself provided several challenges as the facade had to navigate drain pipes and interface changing floor levels.

In addition, space for installation was kept to a minimum as the car park was fully functioning during the installation period; understandably the Facility Management didn’t want to restrict car parking options for its customers.

Outcome

Locker Group delivered the panels in individual “stacks” or columns, with each panel labelled according to its position. Installation of the Western facade (900m2 )was carried out within 9 days. Locker Group’s team installed panels onto the cables on the ground and then lifted them into place. Surpassing everyone’s expectations for speed of installation.

Atmoshpere – WALGA

Project Name:

WALGA

Location:

Western Australia

Application:

Facade

Specification:

Atmoshpere

Scope

In redesigning its headquarters, the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) had quite a few specific requirements it needed to meet.

The design had to be attractive.

It had to be environmentally responsible.

And it had to reflect the particular local flavour of Western Australia.

So when the architects were tasked with realising this vision, they knew who to call. Locker Group’s range of architectural products, its access to locally sourced material and its decades of experience and expertise meant they could supply and install the facade of the building that would fit all of these needs.

Atmosphere lowers energy consumption

It’s no secret that WALGA has a focus on environmental sustainability. From its “That’s Rubbish” recycling campaign, launched during National Recycling Week, to its emphasis on the environment and waste management in its overall policy plan, WALGA is focused on creating environmentally conscious local government areas.

So it was a no-brainer that when it made its new headquarters in West Leederville, the building would reflect these values. Locker Group’s Atmosphere facade played a key role in achieving this.

“They specifically asked for Atmosphere,” Locker Group Architectural Sales Manager Darren Stringer said in a recent interview.

Atmosphere is a unique facade system that uses Ronstan tension stainless steeled cables and folded perforated panels to create an easily installed, energy-conserving building exterior that is both attractive and functional.

“It was a decorative, lightweight facade [with a] purpose to reduce the impact of solar energy entering the building, and to reduce the energy consumed within the building,” continued Mr Stringer.

According to Mr Stringer, Atmosphere has the ability to reduce the amount of heat hitting any given building by up to 78 per cent. And by giving shadowing and shading to the building’s interior, its overall energy consumption also drops, as less air conditioning is needed to keep it cool under the beating Western Australian sun.

Locker Group’s work paid off in the end. The WALGA office was ultimately given a Five Star Green Star rating for “Australian excellence” in sustainable design, according to the official WALGA website.

The benefits of Pic Perf

Working in concert with the Atmosphere was Locker Group’s Pic Perf, which allows any image to be created in perforated metal. This can be anything from a brand or a logo to a photograph or an abstract artwork.

“It’s more of a feature than your normal standard perforations or your typical façade,” explained Mr Stringer.

To reflect the unique local characteristics of Western Australia, WALGA elected to have the Kangaroo Paw, a local plant of the Wildflower State, recreated on the building’s facade.

Atmosphere and Pic Perf are easy to install

What differentiates Atmosphere from traditional facades is the fact that it’s fixed onto tensioned cables, rather than being a secondary steelwork structure, making the initial installation process relatively easy.

In fact, the only challenge the Locker Group team ran into when fitting it onto the WALGA office was the weather. The C-shaped installation area was “a bit of a vortex for the wind”, said Mr Stringer, which made labouring on an elevated working platform or boom lift particularly tricky. Care was therefore of the utmost importance.

This is much the same with Pic Perf. Because you can simply remove the individual panels and reassemble new ones on the vertical cables, it allows for endless re-branding opportunities – so if WALGA ever want to replace the Kangaroo Paw with another classic Western Australian symbol in some years time, it will be easy and affordable.

When the Western Australian Local Government Association needed an energy-saving and decorative facade for their new headquarters, they called Locker Group.

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