Dramatic ZAM C Purlin facade wins AIA State Award

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4 October 2016
Charles Wright Architects award-winning helix-inspied design at The Trinity Anglican School in Cairns.

Charles Wright Architects has recently won the inaugural Educational Architecture Jennifer Taylor Award at the 2016 Queensland Architecture Awards for their stunning, helix-inspired design of the TAS Science Facility at The Trinity Anglican School, Cairns, Queensland.

The inspiring, contemporary building was created using Stramit C Purlins which enabled the architects to create a unique design that’s characterised by a host of striking science symbols including helix, slinky and science apparatus. The brief required an efficient, well-planned, landmark building that could withstand the unpredictable weather conditions of Cairns.

“We needed a supplied proprietary finish that was going to stand the test of time, and we were researching the best coatings and came across the ZAM finish, a coating suitable for structural Purlins.” said Wright

The Stramit C Purlins were roll formed from ZAM coated steel to provide greater corrosion resistance. The ZAM coating complies as a Type ZM coating in Australian Standard AS1397 – 2011 and is a blend of zinc, aluminium and magnesium. The Type ZM coating provides high corrosion protection in salt environments, resulting in a better durability in Cairns’ tropical climate.

Aside from the weather conditions, Wright also had to ensure that the Stramit C Purlins would fit the brief from an aesthetic and structural perspective.

“ZAM provided a far superior finish to hot dipped galvanising both visually and in terms of longevity. The installed ZAM facade looks amazing,” said Wright.

 

 

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