Assembly North Melbourne



L.U. Simon


Woods Baggot




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Assembly North Melbourne

CBUS Property had a unique vision for the four-storey Assembly Apartments development in North Melbourne. It is the first building in Melbourne to feature standing seam cladding over 70% of the externals, with a seamless finish from the walls, right up and over the roof. Builder L.U. Simon approached us early in the design phase to iron out whether the complex interconnecting wall cladding and roofing could be completed by a single contractor to ensure a perfectly consistent finish across the entire building. After weeks of in-depth detailing and programming, Industry Cladding & Roofing signed on the dotted line, confident that we’d be able to deliver the within a strict seven month timeframe, despite the complexity. We were right. The bulk of the 6,000m2 of aluminium cladding required either careful onsite fabrication or custom shop drawings for production in our factory. Our uniquely designed box gutter enables the architectural lines to wrap up and over, hiding the stormwater system from view. Comprised of four separate buildings, all clad in a mixture of natural materials such as metals, zinc and concrete, the finish is truly exceptional. The project delivers on the vision of the client for a warehouse-inspired look that references the sawtooth roofed factories in the local neighbourhood.

The building encompasses all the usual mod-cons one would expect of luxury living. From a rooftop garden terrace overlooking magnificent CBD views, through to a well-equipped gymnasium and a 22m indoor pool, spa and sauna. Nestled within the Sierra’s elegant curves sit two, large landscaped courtyards that present a broad, leafy outlook.

The building is split into various functions; the different areas and purposes fit seamlessly together to make most use out of precious inner-city space. Different façades have been used for different sections of the building, chosen to best reflect the surrounding area. For instance, the street-facing façades feature materials like shimmering glass and slick metal, whereas the residential units located in the quieter rear of the ‘S’ adopt a more traditional medium density design.

Industry Cladding & Roofing not only installed the 3300sqm of panels required to clad the façade. We also manufactured the panels at our Bacchus March factory. This was achieved through the new arm of our business: Industry Metals. Launched in early 2020, the capabilities of Industry Metals have enabled us to streamline our workflow even further and continue delivering projects to the highest standards, within the most efficient timeframe possible.

The project façade called for a combination of COLORBOND® steel cladding, encompassing panels in Cosmic® from the metallic range, as well as four different shades of green: COLORBOND® SucculentTM, Fresh GreenTM, Mangrove® and Pale Eucalypt® brought Sierra to life.

The use of colour in a building’s façade holds the power to not only enhance its aesthetic appeal but also influence the mood and perception of the space. Thoughtful colour choices can make a structure stand out, blend with its surroundings, or even convey cultural significance and identity. The COLORBOND® steel Studio makes it easier than ever to make carefully considered colour choices.

Hawthorn is home to a lot of established trees, which change colour as the year progresses through the seasons. It was important to MAP Architecture to create a direct link between the building elements and the prevailing surrounding conditions of the site. The COLORBOND® steel cladding was the perfect solution.

The COLORBOND® steel Studio empowers you to unleash your creative potential in unprecedented ways, offering a spectrum of over 200 hues. Plus, it gives you the ability to colour match just about any product or finish.

Using the COLORBOND® steel Studio, architects, developers and home owners alike can match colours and finishes by RGB or HEX colour values, as well as Dulux® paint colour names. It even allows you to upload a file, which it will then automatically match with the four closest COLORBOND® colours.

Sierra Hawthorn showcases the incredible versatility of cladding and the power of colour. It empowers architects and engineers to break free from conventional building notions and craft awe-inspiring structures that would be challenging to accomplish with alternative construction materials.

For further information about Sierra Hawthorn, read: [A Tapestry of Colour: How Sierra Hawthorn Rethinks Architectural Possibilities;

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