In this high rise part of town, architecture at street level often creates a lasting impression.
As part of a recent upgrade at the Rydges Melbourne Hotel, the Sydney office of May + Swan Architects, redesigned the CBD restaurant adjacent to the hotel lobby with aesthetics, appropriate to purpose, a priority.
In achieving this, the substance and clean lines of the zinc metals used, provide a dignified and imposing link with the top end of town.
Design Architect Robert May, points out that appearance was the prime reason for the use of solid zinc sheet cladding and hot dip galvanized structures, although the durable surfaces and freedom from maintenance prequalified the material during concept considerations.
Design requirement included: intensive pedestrian wear, traffic fumes and the non stop city activity which would challenge the life of many materials.
In this instance longevity, economic efficiency and a distinguished identity have been well combined.
Source: Galvanizers Association of Australia
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