A hard wearing and resilient façade adorns Monash University’s new student accommodation building

Melbourne’s McBride Charles Ryan Architects brought Monash University’s aim to life of creating true communities in quintessentially Australian style, with its design of the new Logan Hall student accommodation at the Clayton Campus. Sustainable design and construction was central to the building’s development to achieve a 5-star-as-built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The development includes 250 studio rooms, as well as shops and cafes on the ground floor, creating a vibrant urban feel. The building’s fixed shading, high performance glazing and thermal mass and insulation achieved a durable, high performing structure.

Completed in December 2015, the construction of Logan Hall was a resounding success thanks to the quick and efficient brick inlay system, supplied by Robertson Façade Systems. This was used to fit custom made magenta and cyan glazed brick facing tiles, in the Westkon Precast factory to concrete panels, creating the building’s façade. The glazed tiles added colour and character to the building and enabled a patterning within some of the panels that echoed the building's glass facade. Ultimately, the brick inlay system resulted in an exceptionally hardwearing and resilient facade that will last the building’s lifetime, with no ongoing maintenance costs.

The form of the building was influenced by environmental best practice to manage solar gain and maximise natural light. And, the understated variations in the panel shapes of the façades manipulated the light and provided natural variegation.

For more information on the construction of the Monash student accommodation building, please contact Robertson Façade Systems on +61 3 8199 9899.

Product: Custom made magenta and cyan glazed brick facing tiles

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan Architects

Builder: Multiplex

Precaster: Westkon Precast

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