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CROWN TOWERS EASTERN ENTRY FACADE
Tuesday 19 Mar 2013
The Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne is one of the largest integrated resorts in the southern hemisphere with its casino, hotels, functions rooms, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. In 2010, the Eastern Entry underwent a major redevelopment refreshing, refining and revitalising the “Crown” experience.
Electrolight was commissioned to design specialist lighting to the 1200 sq m eastern entry façade, Porte Cochere and landscaping and through close collaboration with Bates Smart Architects, a striking new entrance to the Melbourne complex was created.
Corrugated glass, sandstone and stainless steel were used to create a dramatic new façade for the Crown Melbourne Complex. The conceptual idea behind the facade was a perfume bottle - beautifully crafted, elegant, sophisticated and luxurious. The contemporary architectural aesthetic of the glass and sandstone east façade is uniquely distinctive to this property.
One of the challenges facing Electrolight was lighting the glass and creating an effect over the entirety of the glass facade. Concealed lighting at the front of building was seamlessly integrated in to the built fabric of the façade. The cold cathode light source is reflected in each of the corrugations of the individual glass panels to create the appearance of a lit glass façade.
Cold cathode was chosen because of its long life properties and the ability to choose an appropriate colour temperature, aligned to other lighting visible from the east.
The thickness of the glass panels and the lighting treatment add depth, sparkle and warmth enticing patrons with the sense of luxury and sophistication.