Developing a Concept
In late 2014 SolarX worked together with Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects in Canberra to assist in developing a design concept for Canberra Grammar School’s new building The Snow Centre. SolarX was tasked with designing a graphic band using hexagon shapes that incorporated differing levels of opacities.
The Design Process
Using SolarX’s in-house 5m UV Durst printer, the SolarX team produced white ink samples of differing translucencies from 50% down to 1%. This allowed DJAS Architects to choose the translucency levels that were desired for the concept.
Another initial consideration SolarX noted was the likelihood of damage occurring to the film if it was installed in a 1200mm high band. Being in a high traffic area in a school, SolarX proposed that an Optical Clear film be used and applied to the full height of the glazing to reduce the likelihood of damage.
During the installation of the works (280sqm of glazing) SolarX worked closely with Construction Control. The installation of the graphic film was one of the last elements of the build.
Nadine O’Keeffe from Construction Control says “SolarX worked tirelessly to ensure that all deadlines for the project were met. Their swift turnaround time for production and install meant that we were able to hand over the project to the client before the school
The Final Product
The final product was a bespoke design that added depth and flow to the building. While aesthetically pleasing, the graphic provided privacy without compromising light.