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Advanced Composites - ShapeShell Freeform | ShapeShell

  • Use

    Exterior cladding panels
  • Applications

    Commercial buildings
  • Characteristics

    3D CNC Manufacturing, lightweight structure, monocoque infused construction method, impact resistant, chemically resistant, inert and non conductive, fire certification for external cladding, cementitious or PVDF finish in any level of gloss, optional anti graffiti barrier layer
  • Colors

    Cementitious finish (GRC, Precast or exposed aggregate acid wash Precast), or a PVDF finish in any level of gloss from 5% to 80% in the full spectrum of colours
  • Sizes

    Custom or standard sizing
  • Certification

    Fire Certification following stringent full scale fire tests including British Standard BS 8414-2 Fire Performance of External Cladding Systems and Australian Standard AS 5113 for External Facade Cladding. Manufactured under ISO9000 Certification Standards
  • Guarantee

    Comprehensive warranty provided for the full ShapeShell range. The substrate is guaranteed for 50 years and up to 25 years for the surface finish (including gloss retention).

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ShapeShell advanced composites allow an extraordinary range of materiality that can include structural strength, light weight and the ability to add textures over a woven fibre and resin substrate. They are increasingly being used by architects to realise their most imaginative projects. ShapeShell provides the bridge between creativity and buildability.

ShapeShell has achieved fire certification for external cladding – Australian Standard AS5113-2016 and British Standard BS8414-2. Please download and read ShapeShell data sheet for full technical details and specifications.

Latest projects featuring ShapeShell Freeform

Barak Façade - Melbourne, Australia
Architect – ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

Barak Façade, Melbourne, Australia | Architect – ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

No less than 411 double curved unique panels were manufactured to create the 3D portrait of Aboriginal elder William Barak as he gazes down one of the main streets of the city of Melbourne, Australia. Installed over over 35 floors, no two panel is the same, thus adding to the creativity and complexity of the project.

The ShapeShell freeform “monocoque” panels needed to have depth (thickness), be solid in construction (no hollow drum sound) yet lightweight and structurally stiff to allow minimal fixing only at slab edge. The monocoque panels use structural skins to carry the load across all sides of the panel. The panels were independently tested and taken up to a load of 6.4 Kpa without any signs of damage (cosmetic or structural) nor residual deformation. The strength of the panels allowed slab edge fixing despite a considerable vertical cantilever (up to 2.5 metres).

Mancave – Sydney, Australia
Architect – AJC (Allen, Jack + Cottier)

Mancave, Sydney, Australia / AJC (Allen, Jack + Cottier)

An ambitious private commission that set out to create a unique personal space within a traditional warehouse conversion. The organic shape required millimetre precision to hide join lines and the result is an eye-catching futuristic backdrop to the industrial hardness of the surrounding space.

Orbis Façade – South Melbourne, Australia
Architect – ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

Orbis Façade, South Melbourne, Australia | Architect – ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

This funky project turns the traditional building façade on its head and, in doing so, creates a unique series of manufacturing and construction challenges. Working with both negative and positive space, the façade projects into and out from the building structure – requiring both light weight and enormous strength. The result is an extraordinarily dramatic “deconstructed” face presented to neighbourhood.

RMIT Penrose Façade – Melbourne, Australia
Architect – ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

RMIT Penrose Façade, Melbourne, Australia / ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

The Penrose Façade on top of RMIT University is often referred to as “The Green Brain” inspiring the students below to think outside of the norm. With no repetition of geometry anywhere in the façade this is ShapeShell “Freeform” at its best. Computer cut accuracy allowed complete unitisation of the façade off-site making installation quick and simple.

VCCC Colonnade – Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care Hospital – Melbourne, Australia
Architect – STHDI+MCR

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care Hospital, Melbourne, Australia | Architect STHDI+MCR

The highly organic shape of the ground floor colonnade, extending around the full perimeter of the hospital, was a perfect match for ShapeShell single skin as the material is able to take advantage of the natural strength of the complex curved design. A seamless monolithic look was possible thanks to highly accurate 3D digital manufacturing techniques meant minimal section joins. With its cementatious finish incorporated during manufacture, the structure has the look and feel of concrete.

Spanda – Perth, Australia
Artist – Christian de Vietri


Spanda’s 29m tall design represents ripples and links the Swan River, land and sky. ShapeShift and their product ShapeShell worked closely with the artist to ensure his vision and desire to express this link was able to be spectacularly realised. The collaboration included a comprehensive engineering solution that allowed the piece to achieve outstanding rigidity even under extreme weather conditions.

MPavilion – Melbourne, Australia
Architect – Amanda Levete, AL_A


Founded in 2014, MPavilion is a unique architecture commission and design event for Melbourne, initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. Every year for four years, an outstanding architect will be commissioned to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. This year Arup, ShapeShift and AL_A have collaborated to deliver the design of the 2015 Pavilion.

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