Brisbane’s new, premier go-to destination is one step closer to completion, with the installation of the facade now underway at 300 George Street.
Comprised of 2,660 pressed aluminium panels, The Sound That Light Makes by Melbourne-based artist Alexander Knox uses a juxtaposition of organic and geometric shapes to reference light on water, and also speaks to the interaction humans have with natural forces. UAP worked alongside Knox and developers Multiplex, from design development right through to construction and installation.
Spanning some 2,660 square metres, the facade is comprised of flat laser-cut and 3-D art panels which attach to the 117 structural steel sub-frames fixed into place around the podium’s exterior. Weighting approximately 120 tonnes, the art facade is being installed in separate phases. Passers-by are now able to see the results of the first stage, with the work in place on the corner of George and Adelaide Streets. The remainder of the install, at the corner of George and Anne Streets, will occur at a later date.
As well as collaborating with the artist for the development’s facade, UAP was commissioned by Mutliplex to design and build three columns for the complex’s entrance. Currently in our Brisbane workshop, the columns are being finished and are almost ready for shipment to site in the coming weeks.
“This project is very exciting for UAP as we were able to create a solution for another technically difficult project. The art facade is an example of UAP’s knowledge in design solutions, and how we are using the strengths of our Brisbane and Shanghai workshops to deliver a large scale integrated public artwork” says Samuel Mayze, Project Director at UAP.
The exterior design of 300 George Street cements its image as a new urban hub for tourists and locals, who are keenly awaiting the project’s completion.
Text by Clare Christensen for UAP