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Dynamic design makes the most of economical materials - Stramit Building Products Media Release
last updated 29/11/11
Stramit Building Products
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Stramit® Corrugated
Stramit Mini Corry®
Stramit Monoclad®
Stramit Longspan®
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COLORBOND® steel
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Surfmist®
Shale Grey™
Windspray®
Ironstone®
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Dynamic design makes the most of economical materials - Stramit Building Products Media Release Dynamic design makes the most of economical materials - Stramit Building Products Media Release


Dynamic design makes the most of economical materials - Stramit Building Products Media Release


Dynamic design makes the most of economical materials - Stramit Building Products Media Release

Hafele’s new Queensland headquarters demonstrates that a functional warehouse-office building can make a bold design statement without straying from its utilitarian purpose.

Making expressive use of steel cladding on a structurally efficient portal frame, the building provides Hafele with an economical structure as well as a distinctive corporate home.

Designed by Fluid Architecture, the building maximises warehouse space while also reflecting the high end design and technical precision of Hafele hardware.

Principal architect, Greg Ewart, said the design continued a theme in Fluid Architecture’s work of creating unusual and dynamic forms that appear complicated but are, in fact, quite simple and inexpensive to construct.

“Rarely do architects get to work on a project where the simplicity of the original concept is so clearly expressed in the final built form,” Greg said. “We have harnessed the everyday materials and skills that the construction team would employ on any other project, but used them to achieve a distinctly different design outcome.”

“The undulating roof form of the office component to the street, for example, employs steel beams arranged parallel to each other but with different pitching points to create a sweeping curve,” he said. “The whole surface is then tilted to simply allow rainwater to fall to the eaves gutter.”

Emphasising the curve of the roof is the horizontality of the large planar warehouse wall. Again, the material is a simple corrugated profile; however, the ribs are orientated horizontally to further play off against the curve of the roof. The wall is oversized, projecting beyond the warehouse corner to create the feel of a theatrical backdrop to the office.

The steel wall features a pattern of restrained white and grey COLORBOND® colours such as Surfmist®, Shale Grey™, Windspray® and Ironstone®. The random pattern serves to break up the potential for the large wall surface to dwarf the office building in front.

“This abstract ‘canvas’ is distinctive and highly visible from the busy freeway,” Greg said, “and serves as a memorable signpost for the client’s state headquarters.”

The remaining walls of the warehouse are clad in Stramit Longspan® sheeting in a darker COLORBOND® colour (Ironstone®) with the ribs arranged horizontally to give an impression of sleek linearity. The main warehouse roof is clad in Stramit Longspan® sheeting in a light COLORBOND® Surfmist® colour to reduce heat load.

“This project is a testimony to a willing and informed client, a pragmatic and efficient construction team and a simple idea clearly expressed,” Greg said. “We are very pleased with the outcome.”

Stramit® products used on the project include Stramit® Corrugated, C-Clad 280, Monoclad®, Longspan® and Minirib® cladding, as well as box gutter, purlins and girts.

Project
Hafele Queensland

Builder
Spaceframe Buildings

Architect
Fluid Architecture

Cladding Contractor
Nautical Roofing

Cladding & Purlins
Stramit Building Products

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Source: Stramit Building Products media release
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