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ShapeShell FreeForm at Little Saigon Welcome Arch | ShapeShell

  • Use

    Exterior Cladding
  • Applications

    Urban, Cultural
  • Characteristics

    Strength, durability, span, easy maintenance, dimensionally stable, impact resistant, fire retardant
  • Presentation / packaging

    Variable shapes
  • Sizes

    Custom or standard sizing
  • Guarantee

    A comprehensive warranty is provided for the full ShapeShellTM range. The substrate is guaranteed for 50 years and up to 25 years for the surface finish including gloss retention.

More about this product

Footscray is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne and home to a large concentration of the city's Vietnamese population.

Challenge

With its unique form the Welcome Arch should become representative of the story of Vietnamese settlement in Footscray, adding to its renown, and attracting visitors to the precinct; featuring a pair of giant cranes alongside other motifs that resonate with Vietnamese culture.

ShapeShell FreeForm at Little Saigon Welcome Arch

Solution

Manufactured from ShapeShell FreeForm, the arch maintains a feeling of lightness while benefitting from ShapeShell's structural rigidity and wonderful materiality, as it uses fluoropolymer technology in both the top layer of the product and through the underlying matrix to provide a base colour which assists in reducing the visibility of scratches.

As the centrepiece of an important civic project, the Little Saigon Welcome Arch in Leeds St., Footscray is a unique, fluid artwork that projects a sense of movement regardless of where it is viewed from. Lightweight, stiff structures built to the highest level of accuracy allows maximum off-site manufacturing. Elements from ShapeShell come to site in sections up to 12m in length. Light weight means easy and safe handling.

ShapeShell FreeForm at Little Saigon Welcome Arch

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