porte cochére crown melbourne
Client: Bates Smart, 2013
Bates Smart, appointed architects for Crown Melbourne, approached us to consult and advise regarding production and installation possibilities for multiple public architectural sculptures during the refurbishment of Crown.
The butterfly design (inspired by the central rug background of the hotel foyer) was initially developed as a 3-d object in solid works and artcam. The original gore pattern was milled using 3-d software on our flatbed CNC router.
The hotel lobby circular, butterfly-wing sculpture consists of 12 concave sections that we assembled on-site, and penetrate a concave limestone wall. Each gore was cast in a fire proof cement-based plaster, which we pulled from silicon moulds. Within each casting we bedded a steel armature for blind fixings at the final assembly stage. To finish, we painted the sculptures in a faux limestone, eye matched to surrounding architectural stone.
We also produced a central sculpture finished in dutch gold leaf gilding for the hotel lobby area. A further 6 identical architectural sculptures can be found under the porte-cochére of Crown Towers.
- architectural art
- CNC milled MDF pattern
- RTV Silicon Moulds / fibreglass support cases
- cement castings
- faux paint finishes
- low voltage electrics and halo lighting