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Alucobond Plus Tilted Roof Helps Office Space Break The Traditional Commercial Mold

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

Project Name: Peters Ice Cream Head Office
Project Location: Mulgrave, Australia
Alucobond Materials: Alucobond® PLUS Dark Grey Metallic & Anthracite Grey
Architect: Gray Puksand
Fabricator: Alclad
Images: Peter Bennetts

Completed in early 2016, the Peters Ice Cream 24,000 square foot Head Office breaks away from the traditional office space typology. Accommodating 180 staff members, the structure takes full advantage of the site and serves as a direct link to the Ice Cream Factory near by. Although only a single story in construction, the commercial space appears larger as it mimics the sloping landscape. The building, designed by Gray Puksand, was required to not only blend in with the company’s existing structures, but also its lush surroundings.

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

Associate at Gray Puksand, Kelly Wellington explains, “By using the existing topography, we lifted up the building to create a dramatic entry with the tilted butterfly roof and an undercroft car park below the office.”

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

The slanted roof is composed of Alucobond Plus aluminum composite material. Fabricated by Alclad, the roof’s composition with its “three degree rake,” the architects explain, “…conceals a centrally located mechanical plant that sits below the perimeter line and above the core that houses the amenities.” The dark grey, tilted roof utilizes a series of rounded edged panels to create a soft and seamless design.

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

A great contrasting element to the undulating roof is the wood grained Trespa material that envelops the underbelly of the façade. The wood material is additionally featured throughout the interior, creating fluidity from the inside out.

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

For sun shading purposes, the architects designed suspended perforated anodized metal screens that mimic the coloring of the gum trees surrounding the office. Additionally inspired by the gum trees was the decision to use a series of slender columns/sticks on the north side of the building. This feature helps create the illusion of a two-story façade.

Gray Puksand, Peters Ice Cream Head Office, Australia, Alucobond Plus, Photography Peter Bennetts

On the southern side of the structure, the architects describe features, “…angular precast concrete panels that maintain thermal comfort using passive design principles and also frame views to the surrounding landscape.” Assisting the building in its minimum 4.5 NABERS Energy Rating.

The utilization of the space in which a building is constructed requires both an understanding of the local terrain and the surrounding environment. Gray Puksand’s design for Peters Ice Cream Head Office supports both the unique topography of the site and also incorporates natural environmental features like indigenous fauna. This allows for the building to be captivating and inconspicuous at the same time.

information courtesy of © Gray Puksand
photography courtesy of ©Peter Bennetts

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