The Ngoolark Student Services building in Perth, designed by JCY Architects & Urban Designers, is wrapped in an angular skin made of perforated aluminium screens. The architects designed the external cladding completely in 3D using Revit and created some 1500 panels along with the whole support structure. The shimmering gold skin responds to different light and weather conditions and changes color from gold to light gold, brilliant gold and rose gold, depending on the angle at which the sun hits it.
The facade of the building references the chest feathers of the endangered Carnaby Black Cockatoo (Ngoolark). This solution was developed in collaboration with the local Aboriginal community and Kurongkurl Katitjin (ECU’s centre for indigenous studies).
The skin creates a kaleidoscopic three-dimensional effect in all directions. On one hand, it appears as a continuous space but it becomes truly transparent when viewed from the inside. The color of the aluminium has changing qualities and was combined with the mix of gold Alucobond panels which are also used on the cores and lower level walls.