Case Study: Color coatings key for award-winning Monash University Student Accommodation

Monash University Residences - Logan Hall Photo: John Gollings
Monash University Residences – Logan Hall Photo: John Gollings

Monash University’s Clayton campus was recently awarded three major architecture awards by the Australian Institute of Architects for the second year running.

The precinct consists of four new residential buildings with associated retail and informal learning spaces, with each of the buildings having its own individual architectural style.
Monash University Residences - Logan Hall
Monash University Residences – Logan Hall

The project includes designs from four different architects including Hayball, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB), Richard Middleton Architects and McBride Charles Ryan, with master planning from MGS Architects and partners.

Central to the design are the powder coated aluminium elements featured across each of the buildings, ranging from sharp blacks and silvers on one building through to bright and exuberant colors on another, driving home the individuality of each designer.
Monash University Residences - Logan Hall
Monash University Residences – Logan Hall

Among the award winning designs, the Logan Hall residency, designed by McBride Charles Ryan was recognised by the judges for its excellence in architectural skill and merit of design. Interpon Précis Black Ink was used for the shading devices and window frames, with Interpon Eternal Silver Satin specified for the weather panels above the ground floor retail.

“As we were conscious of long term maintenance as well as creating an ongoing pleasing presence, the products used on the project were chosen for their intrinsic beauty and longevity,” says Debbie Ryan of McBride Charles Ryan.

“The pattern is intentionally complex. We have used honest and time proven Interpon products which have all come together in a really joyful way through composition.”
Having previously worked on the colorful The Icon apartment complex in St Kilda designed by JCB, Interpon’s Specification Expert Gareth Connell understands the importance of tailored palette when vibrancy and color are central to a project.
Monash University Residences - Turner Hall
Monash University Residences – Turner Hall

“We knew the design brief called for a exuberant range of colors for a wide range of building elements and performance of this aesthetic. We knew we’d have a proven high performance finishing solution that would maintain the performance requirements for such a high profile project, which is why Interpon D2015 Ultra Durable polyester powder coat was specified.”

In contrast to the more ‘simple’ color scheme used for Logan Hall, the Turner Hall building, designed by JCB, is defined by its bright colors, using a rainbow of ten different colors from the Interpon color palette to create a vibrant and refreshing appearance that has revitalised the University as a whole, traditionally known for its dull brown buildings.

A colored ‘hood’ at the window of each sole occupant studio glows at night, enhancing the color spectrum. Custom colors from the Interpon Ultriva collection were used for aluminium elements including extrusions, sheets, flashings, cladding, trims and fins.
Monash University Residences - Turner Hall
Monash University Residences – Turner Hall

The complexities of the ambitious project required careful consideration and planning between the architects and powder coating supplier. The vibrant design brief lent itself to Interpon’s unique small batching facilities in Melbourne, Australia, that cater for such striking color schemes in a cost effective and timely manner.

Throughout the project, specialists from Interpon Powder Coatings worked closely with the multiple architectural teams involved in the project to ensure the perfect color palette was developed for the best results both in individual building design and the project as a whole.

In specifying the Interpon D2015 Ultriva series, the designers were ensured significantly higher gloss retention and resistance to color change along with maximum film integrity guaranteeing long term cosmetic and functional protection. Interpon D2015 offers 20 year film integrity and gloss retention with 15 year color retention and chalking resistance.

The Interpon D2015 range exceeds American Architectural Manufacturers Association Standards for High Performance Organic Coatings on Aluminium Extrusions and Panels as well as exceeding the performance criteria of AS 3715 Metal finishing – Thermoset powder coating for architectural applications of aluminium.