Viridian Glass Case Studies 2013
Melbourne's Eaglemont House has been brought back from the brink in stunning style. Its art collector owners wanted a true gallery perspective and have been rewarded in dramatic style. Vibe Design Group's highly considered design and a free-flowing program of Viridian performance glass overcomes some truly mad-hatter eccentricities.
All Saints College
All Saints College, Perth caters for around 1200 students from years 3 to 12 and sits at the intersection of the junior and senior schools with direct access from the public road. Convincing yet understated, Parry & Rosenthal Architects have used Viridian glazing to promote openness and transparency, welcome visitors and natural light.
The Sister Una MacAllister Centre
Eltham's early artistic community housed at Monsalvat represented a second wave after the famed Heidelberg artists' school. Its legacy continues to resonate as spiritual home for a diverse arts community, showcased at The Sister Una MacAllister Centre, Catholic Ladies College's Chapel and Music School building by William Ross Architects.
The Piermont House by Rachoff Vella Architecture, just outside of Ballarat and about 100 kilometres west of Melbourne, nods appreciatively towards the international style that has endured so convincingly.
Palm Beach House
The craft of architecture involves such an eye for detail that many hardly notice how effortlessly it all falls into place. At least this is the case with Sydney Architect Shahe Simonian whose Palm Beach House design is a mosaic of meticulous consideration.
Illawarra Flame House
The Illawarra Flame House by Team UOW might well have caused consternation when translated for the host nation's judges. The Flame House is much less the self-combustible abode than inspired botanical signature dedicated to a classic time-capsule of Aussie suburbia.
Scenic World Katoomba
A $30 million upgrade of the historic scenic railway at Katoomba's Scenic World by pmdl architecture and design, transforms an iconic tourist attraction into a facility that better references its heritage.
Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence
Like a pair of super-cool sunglasses, Stage 2 of Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence at Melbourne's Docklands by Gray Puksand Architects, provides a savvy entree to tertiary education.
Austinmer Beach House
Viridian's high-tech argon double glazed units help give this NSW south-coast home Austinmer Beach House by architect Alex Symes with G&V Architecture, an exquisite environmental fit with its spectacular surf coast and hinterland.
City of Boroondara Council Offices and Library
Viridian's high performance Evantage Low E and DecorColour glass combine to energise the Boroondara council offices and library by architect Nicholas and Alexander. The result brings into sharp focus premises relevant for the 21st century.
Victoria's Desalination Plant
Victoria’s new desalination plant is a multi-billion-dollar industrial complex by architect's peckvonhartel and ARM architecture, the heart of which is a multifunctional administrative building featuring the latest technologies in glass facade construction, all supplied and installed by Viridian.
Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership
The recently opened Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in inner-suburban Melbourne by Maddison Architects, which serves as a training facility for Victoria’s leading school teaching professionals, has been designed to enhance original thinking and shared learning principles.
Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre in eastern Melbourne is a medical facility designed by Jackson Architecture/McConnel Smith Johnson to accommodate both scientific and spiritual requirements.
Brent Knoll House
The modernist, glass-enclosed Brent Knoll House in central Victoria, nestled alongside an 1850s homestead, grows out of the landscape with the purity of a ridgeline. Brent Knoll House, designed by March Studio – a single-level, zigzag-shaped dwelling set in a large-acreage farm in central Victoria – achieves a timeless oneness with the surrounding landscape through the strategic use of contemporary building materials.
Stanmore Public School
Stanmore Public School, a primary school near busy Sydney Airport, has a new library and classroom complex that combines acoustic protection with premium learning environments. John Power has a ‘quiet’ word with architect Amelia Holliday of Neeson Murcutt Architects. Everyone loves a challenge, but the idea of creating a major addition to a school under a busy flight path would make most architects run for the hills.
My Mexican Cousin
Six Degrees Architects, a firm already well-known for a series of striking buildings around Melbourne, were recently asked to create My Mexican Cousin restaurant and bar next to Melbourne’s Recital Centre. Although the Centre was completed back in 2008, budget pressures led to the temporary abandonment of the prospective dining area next door. ‘After finishing the building, they simply decided to wall off the dining area and leave it,’ says Mark Healy, a Director at Six Degrees Architects.
Mount Gambier's Main Corner Development
The Main Corner is the new centrepiece of Mount Gambier, a picturesque South Australian city. The development, designed by Chapman Herbert Architects and supplied and installed by Viridian Mount Gambier, blends into its heritage surroundings while making a bold contemporary statement. As a striking new addition to Mount Gambier’s streetscape, the Main Corner functions as this vibrant city’s centre. The site had already served for many years as a natural meeting place for Mount Gambier’s citizens, and now boasts a stunning new civic building.
Austral Bowling Club
When designing the Austral Bowling Club redevelopment in Sydney’s Edmondson Avenue, Richard Salman at 2RKS Architecture thought big. ‘The gaming terrace is only Stage 1 of our 4-stage master plan,’ he says. ‘Our design serves the brief’s initial requirements, while embracing an overarching vision that would amalgamate with future stages.’
Heiden Beach House
The Heiden Beach House demonstrates the huge contribution that glazing can make to a building’s character. Architects Tony Baenziger and Sue Coles of Baenziger Coles Architects designed the building that would become their holiday home.