Park Beach Plaza Redevelopment included the construction of a new multilevel car park structure with extensive frontage overlooked by the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour.
Originally conceived with precast concrete fins on the façade, Red Dog Architects in consultation with The Locker Group developed an alternative lightweight, colourful, dynamic, eye-catching and cost effective perforated façade with form and colour combinations to be a stylistic representation of ocean waves breaking on the shore.
The porosity of the panels was critical in achieving the natural ventilation requirements for a car park and it was determined that a Ronstan cable supported system was the perfect solution to provide an uncluttered and virtually invisible support structure to allow the design attention be drawn to the feature façade rather than the support framing. Ronstan engineered the panel stack system once construction on the carpark had commenced, so special consideration was required to ensure our twin tensioned cable supports, and the connection details, did not overload any existing elements.
Ronstan Tensile Architecture completed the install in February 2013 handing over the façade as a virtually maintenance free system with the painted panels and stainless cables only requiring annual inspection and cleaning to maintain manufacturer’s warranties.
The Atmosphere façade system is a popular solution in both the architectural and design and construct space. Its superior constructability allows Atmosphere to be installed quickly, saving valuable time and money on site.
Atmosphere can be designed with a myriad of panel options, profiles, open area and image are all available in the designer’s pallet. Panels can be installed sporadically across the face of the building envelope, providing a combination of light and shading.
See more examples of Atmosphere Facade Systems, by the Locker Group
All photos © Rob Cleary
Architect: Red Dog Architects
Installation: Ronstan Tensile Architecture
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Completion Date: 2013