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Incredible Twisted High Rise Uses Custom Alucobond PLUS Finish In Iridescent Design

Light House Apartments, Melbourne, Elenberg Fraser, Hengyi, Alucobond Plus, Spectra Violet, Photography Hengyi

Project Name: Light House Apartments
Project Location: Melbourne, Australia
Alucobond Materials: Alucobond® PLUS Custom Spectra Violet
Architect: Elenberg Fraser
Client: Hengyi and Sixth Grange
General Contractor: Multiplex
Installer: G. James Glass & Aluminum
Images: Hengyi, Light House Melbourne CBD Facebook, Architectural Renderings (See Below)

The highly anticipated Light House Apartments in Melbourne, Australia are now complete. The over 600-unit tower with 69 levels features an undulating exterior façade utilizing a custom Alucobond PLUS Spectra Violet. The iridescent façade changes colors in various shades of purple to create a truly unique high-rise.

Light House Apartments, Melbourne, Elenberg Fraser, Hengyi, Alucobond Plus, Spectra Violet, Photography Hengyi
(architectural rendering courtesy of Hengyi)

The over 500,000 square foot mixed-use residential building was highly anticipated by Melbourne residents with its captivating exterior and numerous technological advanced amenities. The tower features an automated car parking stacker system, pool, outdoor exercise terrace, modern interior design and panoramic views of Downtown Melbourne. The project is a joint venture between Hengyi and Sixth Grange who specialize in property development.

Light House Apartments, Melbourne, Elenberg Fraser, Hengyi, Alucobond Plus, Spectra Violet, Photography Hengyi
photograph © Hengyi

The architects at Elenberg Fraser describe their design as, “…a twisting helix that seems to defy the laws of physics. Appearing to turn on its trajectory, the building has no corners.”

The architects further describe, “This three-dimensional kaleidoscope not only twists and undulates on its axis but its façade is a moving object. The effect of constant motion is amplified by the iridescent contrasts of the goniochromism panels (which change color depending on your perspective)…”

Light House Apartments, Melbourne, Elenberg Fraser, Hengyi, Alucobond Plus, Spectra Violet, Photography Light House CBD Facebook
photograph © Light House Melbourne CBD Facebook

The panels are Alucobond PLUS aluminum composite material in a custom Spectra finish. The spectra line of Alucobond panels is color changing with the ability to shift hues based on perspective angle. When viewing the high-rise from various angles, above, below, from the North, from the South the building looks as if shades of purple were chosen when in fact it utilizes a single panel finish. The result is as Elenberg Frasier quotes “a three-dimensional kaleidoscope.”

Light House Apartments, Melbourne, Elenberg Fraser, Hengyi, Alucobond Plus, Spectra Violet, Photography Hengyi
(architectural rendering courtesy of Hengyi)

We often see innovative designs utilized in the mixed-use residential marketplace but these building are not only aesthetically pleasing, the best designs utilize a mixture of form and function. The Light House Central Building District (CBD) apartments were created with their residents in mind to optimize natural daylight, privacy and cityscape views. Interestingly, the interior of the high-rise features a series of contrasting neutral tones with naturally influenced materials.

The architects describe, “Here apartments are as unique as their owners, as every room accentuates a different view out over the Melbourne landscape.”

Information courtesy of Alucobond Australia and Elenberg Fraser
Photography courtesy of © Hengyi and Light House Apartments CBD Melbourne Facebook see below each image

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