41 X

Location:41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Architect:Lyons Architecture
Finishes:Matt Envy - AA25
Product:Sapphire Anopanel - 3mm Al Solid Sheet
Completed:January 2014

This project for the Australian Institute of Architects redevelops the Institute’s city site to create a new centre for Victorian architecture. Lyons was appointed following a design competition process, with the concept which explores ideas about the hybrid public/commercial building, engagement of the AIA with the public, and creating a benchmark sustainability project.

Sapphire was contacted by Lyons to assist with the highlight finish to the building which emphasises and advertises the building green credentials, naturally they settled on Sapphires Matt Envy Anodised Colour in 25 um which sits perfectly with the surrounding trees of Melbourne.

Lyons founding director Carey Lyon revealed the design strategy behind the building.

“We came up with an idea that the Institute could be on the lower levels of the building in a very public way so when you enter the building it is like a continuation of the footpath,” he said. “As you head up the stairs, they wind their way on the front façade of the building up near the levels of the institute so it creates a connection rather than having to go into the commercial lobby of a building.”

Carey Lyon

Carey Lyon

The façade is also completely energy efficient according to Hickory, the company responsible for ensuring the building earned high marks for environmental design and sustainability.

On its website, Hickory says that the façade features a unique external precast concrete panels of complex geometry integrated with high performance glazing. The facade also features “bite” shapes of faceted green anodised aluminium supported by structural steel with a marine grade ply substrate, some of which shelter and delineate terrace areas.

41X is now open and offers spaces where AIA members, the public and design enthusiasts can meet and collaborate. The Victorian chapter will occupy five of 41X’s floors, with level one featuring a design haven, a design bookshop and a cafe. The Institute is currently working on a public events program focusing on architecture and design.

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Watch how light changes the look of the anodising on this video


RAIA 2015 Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture