Flinders Street Towers

Client

Merkon Constructions

Address

108 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Status

Complete

Glass reinforced concrete once again proved its versatility and artistic merit in this project.

GRC Environments was approached to come up with a solution that would not only cover up the inner workings of a major building, but that would also double as a design feature.

How we answered the brief

Fender Katsalidis Architects poured their blood, sweat and tears into designing the Flinders Street Towers and its stunning, internal courtyard. But the riser shaft ducts and pipe work between the balconies detracted from all of their work. We used GRC to create decorative, three-dimensional diamond panels that compliment the courtyard.

How and why GRC was used

GRC was used as a lightweight alternative to concrete. The team installed 104 panels, made using fibreglass moulds created from plaster. Each panel catches the light at different angles, so although they’re all the same colour, their shadows result in different shades. The panels run over 12 storeys in four rows, adding another artistic layer to the courtyard with its vertical garden, upside-down trees and painted mural.

The team involved

  • Steve Fennell

    Managing Director

  • Gino Giacobbe

    Director

  • Sam Dawes

    Boiler Maker

  • Paul Dennis

    Supervisor and Mould Maker

  • John Farley

    Mixer

  • Luke Giacobbe

    Robot Guru

  • Billy Nicholson

    Floor Manager

Our principals have worked in the building industry since 1995 and are leaders in GRC/GFRC use in Australia. Meet the crew

Our project partners

Thanks to our partners, Charles Rickard Engineers and Fender Katsalidis Architects for their help in this project.