Galvanizing in Architecture - from Galvanizers Association of Australia

It is said that many of our cities have succumbed to functional concrete jungle design. Social reformers working to reverse this world trend will be impressed by the ingenuity of the South Bank Corporation in Queensland, which has provided clear direction for some inspired architectural work, bringing the vision and rhythm of the Australian Hinterland into the heart of the City of Brisbane.

It is refreshing to see the commercial growth of this vibrant city, accompanied by matching concern for its people and the environment.

Redevelopment of World Expo 88 Site

Redevelopment of World Expo 88 Site The South Bank Corporation is a body corporate established by the Queensland Parliament as gazetted on May 8th 1989, with more recent amendments reflecting the growing role of the Corporation in the further management of this city area. The mission of the Corporation is to facilitate the development and operation of a successful world-class leisure, business and residential precinct, for the enjoyment of visitors and the general benefit of the Brisbane community.

The Grand Arbour

The Arbour Denton Corker Marshall's project report comments: "The Grand Arbour is a 1km long architectural and sculptural installation, providing a physical and visual link between the many facilities of the South Bank precinct. A central aspect of the masterplan development, the Arbour mediates with the new open parkland to the west, while providing a sheltered north-south route through the entire site. Sinuous steel posts, up to 10 metres high, support a band of purple bougainvillea, either above, to the side or entirely enveloping the curving path.

The juxtaposition of the various post configurations creates a diversity of spaces from tight and enclosed to wide and expansive. Overlapping steel panels from a plated yellow ribbon canopy along half of the Grand Arbour's length. A total of 406 galvanized steel posts are spaced at 4m nominal centres. A unique architectural and urban gesture, the Grand Arbour is designed to offer Brisbane a new, distinctive and memorable landmark.

Source: Galvanizers Association of Australia

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