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    Butterfly-shaped roof envelopes and defines new Peters Ice Cream head office

    Mulgrave VIC 2756

    The new head office for Peters Ice Cream, located in the Melbourne suburb of Mulgrave, makes the most of the existing landscape. It was also designed to achieve a minimum 4.5-star NABERS Energy Rating.

    With the rear elevation featuring a drop of approximately five metres, architects Gray Puksand designed a one-storey building for 180 staff. The most striking feature is a butterfly-shaped roof that floats over the carpark.

    “By using the existing topography, we lifted up the building to create a dramatic entry with the tilted butterfly roof and an [under-croft] carpark below the offices,” says Kelly Wellington, an associate at Gray Puksand.

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    The butterfly roof – which also acts as a signpost for those driving through the site – contains wide Alucobond eaves that form a bullnose edge. Its three-degree rake houses a centrally-located mechanical plant, which sits below the perimeter line. Above this is the core of the building; the home to all of the site’s amenities – such as glass-fronted office pods. A series of clerestory windows become a feature thanks to lofty ceiling heights, which range between 2700mm and 4200mm.

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    The Peters HQ includes a number of features that link back to the design of the original office and factory. These include the recognisable Peters sign (which is formed into a precast concrete retaining wall) and textured glass panels that present a subtle homage to the honeycomb-patterned fa├žade of the original head office.

    The new building takes additional inspiration from its natural surrounds. On the north side of the Peters offices, for instance, a collection of slender steel columns imitate a line of gum trees. Perforated, anodised metal screens are suspended between these columns, and are coloured to match the shades of the surrounding trees. 

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    PRODUCTS

    ROOFING
    LYSAGHT COLORBOND
    ALUCOBOND ARCHITECTURAL
    TRESPA

    WALL FINISHES
    WOVEN IMAGE
    ALTERNATIVE SURFACES

    CEILINGS
    AMF KNAUFF

    WINDOWS
    ASG VICTORIA

    GLASS
    VIRIDIAN NEW WORLD GLASS
    AXESS GLASS

    SUNSCREENS
    SAPPHIRE ALUMINIUM
    LOUVRECLAD

    BLINDS
    VERTILUX

    DOORS
    ASG VICTORIA

    FLOORING
    ABOVE LEFT
    EARP BROS INNOVATIVE TILE SOLUTIONS
    SIGNATURE FLOORS
    POLYFLOR
    FORBO FLOORING

    FURNITURE
    ZENITH
    UCI
    ADVANTA

    KITCHEN APPLIANCES
    BOSCH HOME APPLIANCES
    FISHER & PAYKEL APPLIANCES

    SOLID SURFACES
    CORIAN
    CAESARSTONE

    LOCKERS
    EXCEL LOCKERS

    Key Info

    Architect: Gray Puksand
    Builder: Kane Constructions
    Project Manager: Montlaur
    Structural Engineer: Wood and Grieve
    Quantity Surveyor: Slattery
    Building Surveyor: McKenzie Group
    Services Engineer: Wood and Grieve
    Access Consultant: McKenzie Group
    ESD Consultant: Wood and Grieve
    Audiovisual Consultant: Wood and Grieve
    Landscape Architect: Tract
    Words: Nicholas Rider
    Photography: Peter Bennetts

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