Anna Drummond, Director at Colab Design Studio, explains that the refurbishment was designed around the notion of ‘an extension of home’, and was conceptualised as a residential development.
This design language remains consistent throughout the project, with some public spaces designed as ‘rooms’. Examples of this technique include the entries, which were modelled on a contemporary apartment lobby, and the food court as a ‘communal courtyard’.
The main design feature of the entire Victoria Gardens shopping centre, the Oculus, is an elliptical atrium topped by a skylight, which sits 15 metres off the ground. Part of the shopping centre refurbishment included a revitalisation of the existing plasterboard-lined Oculus, an architectural feature that was never fully realised. Colab Design Studio saw this as an opportunity, and sought to establish the Oculus as the central hub of Victoria Gardens.
The complexity of the Oculus comes from the battens being fixed to a curved wall that fans out from the top. With two sequences of battens creating one form, both design and installation brought forward many challenges.
The modular nature of the Click-on Batten system allows for extreme design flexibility, particularly for curved applications. The specially designed curving mounting tracks fit to the existing form of the walls and serve as the fixing point for the battens.
The funnel shape of the atrium meant that the battens needed to be fixed at different spacings at the top and bottom. This was achieved with the customisable spacing of the clips on the mounting track, which are set in place in our factory. Our team developed a 3D model of the Oculus to calculate the exact batten spacing for this unique shape, which generated the data required for the clip spacing.
“Sculptform’s Click-on batten system provided a unique solution that could be customised to address the incredibly complex geometry of the existing architecture. Being able to use the same system for the mall cladding, mall ceiling installations and the oculus cladding ensured absolute consistency across the entire centre.”
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“Sculptform’s ability to offer installation was a big plus to the project as it ensured that the design intent would not be lost in translation. Sculptform collaborated with CoLAB Design Studio from the very beginning of the project, exploring options, solutions, sampling and testing ideas.”
“The use of Sculptform’s online ‘Price and Spec’ tool was a vital tool in the creation and visualisation of the varied Click-on batten installations across the centre. ”
CoLab Design Studio
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