THE Swinburne University Advanced Technical Centre is taking shape in Hawthorn.

Designed by HTO architects, it features a remarkable white coloured concrete exterior. The theme of the façade is that of frothing bubbles emanating from the base of the building with decreasing circle diameters travelling up its height, eventually becoming uniform.

The exterior concrete panels are made by Melbourne-based company Advanced Precast. It used four different casting tables in a muffin pan configuration to create the frothing bubble effect. A brilliant white pigment supplied by Concrete Colour Systems (CCS) was used with off-white cement to create the distinctive finish.

Excellent uniformity in colour has been achieved, despite the panels being manufactured over 12 months and spanning four seasonal changes.

Swinburne University is another of the many buildings around Australia where CCS pigments have been selected to colour concrete. Contact Concrete Colour Systems for colour cards and further information on colouring concrete.