Aglo Systems was approached by Novion Property Group, (before Colonial First Estate Asset Management) to investigate the costing, timing and method of fabrication to achieve a challenging design intent for their newest retail centre: Emporium Melbourne.
The initial concept was supplied by Russell & George Architects as part of the brief. A concept 3D model was generated and presented to the client for preliminary review. Following the client’s feedback, further design iterations were generated and 2D drawings produced for prototype manufacture.
A first generation prototype was fabricated to evaluate the timber veneer and lighting impact. It was found that the timber veneer was unstable and expanded considerably when formed into shape. This caused cracking during cooler temperatures. The issue was cleverly resolved by using a screen printed image of the veneer instead. A second generation prototype followed to evaluate the flat pack design requirements and on site assembly. It was perfect first time!
The final result involved a variety of production techniques, including CNC profile cutting of the bronze substrate, laser cutting, screen printing and mirror polishing. A complete set of technical drawings were compiled for manufacture and the full production run was kicked off after the client signed off on the prototypes.