"Using Kaynemaile-Armour really invigorated this project for us. It turned a car park into a compelling architectural statement. Kaynemaile-Armour takes car park design to the next level."
Regional Manager Design Projects, Scentre Group Design
Initially designed with a rigid metal panel in mind it soon became apparent that the traditional rigid material lacked the fluidity the designers at Scentre Group needed for the Pacific Fair Shopping Center car park facade. Additionally, the requirement for a substantial sub-frame to support a metal panel-based system had increased the project costs significantly.
One of the unique characteristics of Kaynemaile-Armour is that it can be made to any height or width in a seamless piece — thanks to a patented manufacturing process — this meant the system easily worked with the pre-determined structural frame heights and gave the designers the flexibility they needed to explore new concepts.
As the Gold Coast of Australia has a sub-tropical climate, using a material that cut heat but maintained air flow was also crucial for this project. Kaynemaile-Armour significantly reduces both radiant heat through direct sunlight (EMR) and thermal conductive heat from entering the interior of a building by up to 70%. This gives you the ability to let daylight in and manage the passive solar gain — all while maintaining visual transparency.
Drawing inspiration from the waves and golden sand of the nearby Pacific Ocean the three-dimensional facade features two layers of mesh, providing a different scene from day to night along the busy boulevard. During the day the sun sparkles off the ten million or so individual rings of the champagne coloured front screens. At night the rear layer of translucent sea green coloured mesh creates a rippling wave, highlighted by well-placed architectural lighting as well as the ocean breeze.
The three-dimensional facade was designed as a series of vertical strips with stepped projecting depths which combine to form the large wave pattern. Each vertical strip has a protruding section of champagne coloured mesh as well as a flat section at the top and bottom. The vertical strips catch the sunlight differently as a result of the varied projection depths across the width.
At the rear of each protruding section is a layer of sea green mesh glimpsed through the front strips during the day and lit from the back at night for dramatic effect. The view is different again from the inside of the parking garage with the sea green mesh wave running along the entire width.
Although each vertical strip has different projecting dimensions they were all designed and fabricated to enable a fast install, with all the mounting cables and Kaynemaile-Armour mesh joined together as a strip ready to go out of the box. This meant the strips could be installed easily at any point along the facade as areas on the site became available or closed out depending on site requirements, deliveries and landscape works. This dramatically cut the install time and labour required, significantly reducing costs. Along with the three-dimensional screens the main facade also features a Kaynemaile-Armour Obsidian Black coloured flat screen — a seamless single piece measuring 50 metres wide by 9 metres high. This screen was lifted and fixed off in a day by hand without the need for site cranes or specialised lifting equipment.
Stephen Simpson, Scentre Group’s Regional Manager Design Projects sums up this project best: "Using Kaynemaile-Armour really invigorated this project for us. It turned a car park into a compelling architectural statement’.
This project was truly a collaborative end to end solution which transformed a utilitarian car park into a stunning visual landmark.