A landmark academy building has undergone an impressive transformation which includes the use of Perspex® acrylic.

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The GippsTAFE Academy is the newest of six locations for Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (now known as Federation Training); standing proud as the flagship building for the entire campus.

Being located in the heart of Traralgon, on the axis of two major roads that run through the city, the client required a visually prominent structure that was both welcoming and engaging for new students.

Slap Architects, the appointed design company, took advantage of this prime location by specifying Perspex® acrylic to create a visual distinction. The design takes a step away from the more corporate profile of other educational institutes resulting in the building now being considered a landmark in Traralgon and the Gippsland area of Victoria, Australia.

 

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A two storey external façade feature is showcased largely on the front two sides of the upper structure, where Perspex® Clear and two grades of Perspex® Green acrylic were specified. All Perspex® acrylic sheets used are transparent, creating a screen that filters the natural daylight through to the building behind. By night, the entire façade is lit from the inside, adding more prominence after dusk as it illuminates the entire framework like a ‘lantern’.

Perspex® acrylic was chosen initially for its outstanding UV stability in demanding weather conditions, as well as for the desired color. It was also favored over glass in this project, firstly for its lightweight nature and ease of installation. Secondly, because of its shatter-proof advantage; the façade will be further protected from potential vandalism and other prone damages in the largely youth populated area.

 

Mitchell Plastics is the authorised Australian and New Zealand distributor for Perspex® acrylic.

Photo Credit: Ben Hosking