Locker Group created an eye-catching perforated metal façade for Tabcorp Park.
September 30th, 2010
A façade that offered both aesthetics and functionality, the latest custom-made design from Locker Group is showcasing the power of perforated metal.
“The architect wanted something which would provide sun shading for the walkway behind the façade, which would let some natural light through while reducing the heat, it also needed to allow for airflow to provide ventilation,” explained Architectural Commercial Representative Nick Thexton.
Locker Group’s custom perforated metal was a perfect solution. The screens are incorporated into the walkway, façade and also act as a sunscreen for the complex.
Working closely with two different construction companies, Locker Group designed a specific tool to match the architect’s desired pattern, supplying proofs and samples throughout the process.
The Tabcorp Park Façade consisted of over 300 custom perforated aluminum panels of varied sizes, and was anodised and installed without fuss.
“Our architectural range is suitable across the development spectrum, and we use a wide range of architectural materials. There is no upper or lower level on quantities.”
Locker Group worked closely with the architect to design the façade, which is a cornerstone feature of the design.
The originality of the perforated pattern with the gold anodising makes the façade highly distinctive and is noticeable from the Western Hwy at the entry to Melton.
Custom perforated metal can be used for facades and sunscreens as well as being ideal for ceilings, gates, balustrades – anywhere both visibility and airflow is required. It can also be used internally for space sculpting.
The product has Green Star project applications, such as providing sun shading to reduce solar load while allowing natural light in.
In addition to perforated metal products, Locker Group specialise in expanded metal and woven wire mesh.
Other major projects featuring their customized perforated metal include Croydon Leisure Centre, KUD House in Brunswick and Sydney’s International Airport Car Park.
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