Alpolic aluminium composite panels were specified as cladding for the Q1 residential apartment tower located on the Gold Coast, QLD.
Standing 80 storeys tall, Q1 offers 526 apartments, a rooftop observation deck, retail precinct, and associated recreation facilities. The tower features an unconventional concrete frame structure, consisting of 'outrigger' columns on the building perimeter connecting to the core through concrete blade walls. The glass curtain wall provides a weatherproof insulated skin, incorporating white spandrel glass to reinforce the curvature of the tower form.
The podium ribbon roofs are clad in Alpolic cladding panels with a glass roof framed with structural steel. A steel framed structure serves as the tower roof crown to provide support for the roof glazing and roof spire.
Conceptualised in the Sydney Olympics year of 2000, the residential building, designed by The Buchan Group and Sunland Design Group drew inspiration from the Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. The sculptural form of the building is reminiscent of these Australian icons with the glass skin facilitating this expression. The unswept roof form and spire strongly reference the shape of the torch and provide a dramatic crown to the tower.
Alpolic aluminium composite panels were used for the cladding in Silver Metallic, Custom Metallic and Custom Solid colours.