Boston 743A Lightweight Facade

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103 Lonsdale St


103 Lonsdale St


SJB Architects




Boston 743A Anodised Installed utilising Locker Group lightweight facades


Rob Burnett, Brent Robinson

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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.


With this brief in mind, Kubic Constructions set out to ture. Ronstan were called on to provide a minimal fra tion, which resulted in a tensioned cable system. Lock worked closely with SJB, providing samples to add phy design at concept stage. As the project evolved, it bec a singular aperture design would create a more concise thetic. The logistics of the project also posed a concern in its c Brass was going to be difficult, given the complexity of process. With this in mind, Locker Group was able to fect solution, without compromising the design require.


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 provides high % open area; an integral feature of the design element, was 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.

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