Designed by SJB Architects as part of the larger Yarra Gardens Precinct development, Green Square showcases 625sqm of digitally printed glass balustrades creating a dynamic residential development. Located 3.5km from Melbourne’s CBD, the project comprises four buildings each with indivual lobby access, gathered around a large internal courtyard, or ‘green square’.
Cooling Brothers were contracted by Aluline Fabrications to provide the glass balustrading to Building B. Comprising over 600sqm of glass printed with ImagInk ceramic inks, the balustrades span seven levels across the East and West aspects.
‘For the central courtyard building with shifting angles and full length balustrades, we wanted to add subtle colouration and a dynamic quality to the glazed edge’ comments Oliver Mayger from SJB, ‘We also wanted to provide a degree of privacy for the residents, while maintaining light and outlook from within the apartments’.
WITH 615sqm OF PRINTED GLASS BALUSTRADES CREATING A LARGE SCALE GRAPHIC, THE DESIGN PROCESS WAS CRITICAL
SJB, Aluline and Cooling Brothers explored numerous design options based around the capacity of the ImagInk printing process, ensuring accurate translation to glass. The final full colour design incorporates a 2.5mm perforated pattern that creates transparency when viewing through the panel from a close distance, with the effect of a full coverage print when viewed from afar.
Manufactured at Cooling Brothers factory in Perth, and freighted to Melbourne, the 10mm toughened and heatsoaked balustrade glass was delivered on schedule and within budget. The outcome is truly unique feature glazing application, featuring vibrant colour with subtle transparency, spanning seven floors and two elevations.
The Green Square project is located at 609 Victoria St, on the former MFB site on the Yarra in Abbotsford, 3.5km from the Melbourne CBD.
Client SJB Architects, Aluline Fabrications Location Abbotsford, Melbourne
Glass 10mm Clear Toughened & Heatsoaked Volume 615qm Printed Glass
Processing ImagInk ceramic printing
Photography Ian ten Seldam Photography, Steve Bills Photography
Further information on the processes featured in this project can be found below: