Expanded 125A Installed with tensioned Stainless Steel Cables

Project Name:

Agilent Technologies

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Architect:

SKM

Application:

Facade

Specification:

Expanded 125A Installed with tensioned Stainless Steel Cables

Photography:

Brent Robinson, Joe Berkelmans

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Scope

SKM Architects were commissioned by Agilent Technologies to design a purpose built research and development facility, as an extension to their Head Office in Melbourne’s South East.

The vision for the facade was to create a light veil that would encapsulate the building perimeter, and provide sun shading characteristics.

Progression

Locker Group worked closely with both the Architectural team, and two engineering teams; Bonacci & Tensys, in order to develop the concept to completion. The first challenge was a feasibility study for the cable placement to balance the requirements of aesthetics and engineering.

The mesh profile was specifically developed for the project; modelled on an existing profile; the resulting Sun 125A profile met the Architect’s intent. Locker Group designed a new fixing method, in order to attach the expanded metal to the Stainless Steel cables.

Mechanical testing for all of the components and connections was conducted, along with detailed engineering analysis, to ensure the facade would meet the design criteria and intent,and withstand any wind loads; especially as the facade returns on several elevations.

Outcome

Locker Group installed the Stainless Steel cables and then provided assistance in the installation of the mesh. Detailed preparation and planning ensured the installation was fast and efficient, even though installing the mesh required a detailed touch. The intricate nature of the facade meant that the stag ends on each piece of expanded mesh needed to align to the next sheet.

This required higher than usual manufacturing tolerances, which Locker Group was able to provide Both client and architect are happy with the end result; which looks spectacular day or night. At night the facade is backlit by LED’s at each level, providing a bright hi-tech vision for passing traffic.

Vogel House

Project Name:

Vogel House

Location:

Wellington, NZ

Architect:

CCM Architects

Developer:

AMP Capital

Application:

Balustrade

Specification:

Transit F360 S/S

Photography:

Brent Robinson

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Scope

A high profile building in Wellington’s parliamentary precinct, Vogel House was part of a multi million dollar redevelopment project. It was de-signed to provide a ‘campus’ environment for the Ministry of Justice, among other occupants.

The developer, AMP Capital, was focused on refurbishing the 1960’s Vogel building, constructing a new seven-level, 17,300 square meter podium building on a car park next door, and connecting the two buildings via a six storey atrium.

Locker Group had the opportunity to assist in the design, and provide a screen for the stairwell which would be both decorative and functional.

Progression

The main focus of the Vogel House project was on the new development (which provided more than 33,000 square meters of office space) to enable the Ministry of Justice to move from multiple locations to a single site. While the ‘campus’ format was designed to enable related teams to work closely and effectively together.

Locker Group provided the stairwell solution in the form of three continuous drops of Transit F360 stainless steel woven wire. The Transit mesh was woven using a flat wire ribbon, custom manufactured to meet the exact measurements for the width and internal drop of the stairwell.

Delivered in three rolls, the mesh was fastened at the top and bottom. In addition Locker Group provided technical assistance, designing the installation and fixing systems, ensuring the fast and easy installation was completed in days, not weeks.

Outcome

Locker Group successfully designed and installed a decorative screen that not only formed a central component to a multi-level commercial space, but also provided a safety barrier, allowing light to pass into the void, remaining aesthetically pleasing to visitors and occupants.

After consideration and installation of a cheaper mesh alternative, the Vogel House project was finalised using Locker Group’s Transit mesh which offered superior quality and incorpo-rated the reliability and service that Locker Group offers.

Tabcorp Park

Project Name:

Tabcorp Park

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Architect:

What Architects

Application:

Façade

Specification:

Custom Perforated

Photography:

Rob Burnett

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Scope

Tabcorp Park was designed as a state of the art Harness Racing complex situated just off the Western Hwy, close to Melton.

The façade was designed by What Architects, who were looking for an individual and original feature, which would also act as a sunscreen, to reduce sun glare and allow airflow.

Progression

Along the extended term of the project Locker Group worked closely with both the architects and then the construction company to create a customised pattern in perforated metal.

Locker Group designed a specific tool to match the architect’s desired pattern, which once installed creates a stunning visual appearance. Locker Group supplied proofs and samples throughout the process to make ensure all of the stakeholders were happy with the final result.

Outcome

The Tabcorp Park Façade consists of over 300 custom perforated and cut aluminum panels in vari-ous sizes; anodised and installed by Qualified Constructions.

The unique perforated pattern combined with the stunning gold anodising ensures the façade is both a functional sunscreen, and noticeable from the Western Hwy as you enter Melton.

Porsche, Brighton

Project Name:

Porsche, Brighton

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Project Builder:

Exel Links

Application:

Façade

Specification:

Standard Perforation

Photography:

Rob Burnett

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Scope

The main scope for this project was to create a façade / sunscreen to match other Porsche centres around Australia. Porsche are very protective of their brand identity and hence the final finish and design were closely monitored.

The facade was designed to provide protection from the harsh Australian climate for the vehicles situated in the external showroom. The screens still allow the natural daylight to flow through, ensuring an ideal environment for highlighting the vehicles’ assets.

Progression

Locker Group perforated metal was the ideal solution. The panels were able to be provided quickly, as the designers chose one of Locker Groups large range of standard patterns. The large panels, each manufactured with an inbuilt framing border, provide a modern look to the dealership. Locker Group worked closely with Exel – Links throughout construction; providing samples and installation advice to make sure the client was happy with the final concept.

Outcome

The perforated metal was used to emphasise the façade of Porsche Brighton’s new showroom, while also acting as a sunscreen to protect the inhabitants from the sun’s glare. The result is a clean and crisp finish, in line with premium branding position of this prestige vehicle manufacturer.

Locker Group perforated patterns allow air to flow through, while still ensuring a suitable sunshade is provided. Locker Group’s perforated metal can also be used for balustrades, feature facades or anywhere airflow is required.

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