The SkyView apartment building is the third of three buildings comprising the Urban Edge development, created by developer and builder Pradella on an island site in Kelvin Grove, west of Brisbane’s CBD. All three buildings were designed by Rothe Lowman, and taken overall they represent a bespoke, and highly site-specific, development shaped to take advantage of environmental conditions and picturesque views. SkyView in particular, as distinct from ‘Vista’ and ‘Horizons’, the two earlier buildings, comprises the highest building on the site at fifteen levels, and as such the apartments created possess exceptional views over the Victoria Park Golf Course, towards Brisbane City.
The materiality of the SkyView tower’s construction was understood early in the design process, and it consists of painted precast concrete and blockwork, with some timber batten screens and structures at the lower levels. As such, the expression of the architecture is about bold moves within this simple palette of materials, rather than fine materials and detailing, and the designers responded accordingly.
As a result of the robustness of the material palette, the specification of the right paint and coatings was essential as it would go on to have a large impact on the appearance of the building. Extending their prior successful relationship with Pradella, Taubmans was able to provide the highest level of service and the right products to meet the required specification.
Taubmans Armawall™ system was chosen for the exterior paintwork, and was applied with a texture similar to a light render. The environmental conditions experienced by the building in its subtropical location demanded a product with the right credentials, and one that was able to offer a usable life exceeding ten years. This was important as expressed in the body corporate’s maintenance budget. Armawall™ meets all these requirements, and is capable of withstanding subtropical conditions, resisting fading, peeling, cracking, and mould development for many years.
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