Two aluminium composite cladding products from Fairview were installed on the $125 million state-of-the-art Bunjil Place entertainment precinct in Melbourne. Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architects and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, Melbourne's newest entertainment quarter in the south-east city of Casey is a striking 24,500m² building and one of the largest projects undertaken by any local government in Australia.
The innovative design incorporates 10 functional spaces including an 800-seat theatre, a 350-seat versatile function centre, a community library and an art gallery. The building’s exterior features 2200m² of Fairview’s Vitrabond FR and Vitracore G2 aluminium composite cladding.
The vision for the building’s expected 1 million visitors per year was “to create an inviting central heart for the community that celebrates participation, belonging and civic pride.” Fairview’s Vitrabond FR and Vitracore G2 cladding panels in ‘Brushed Silver’ shimmer over the curved glass façade and winged roof, providing visitors with an amazing and memorable sight. The two cladding products were selected for their performance and ability to be prefabricated and installed on the facade.
Vitracore G2 is currently the only aluminium composite panel available in Australia that is correctly tested to have satisfied the requirements of the following industry standards: AS 1530.1 and AS 1503.3 as well as full scale façade testing; BS8414 and BRE 135; and AS5113 (excluding the debris requirements).