When our friends at Spiire were asked to deliver something special for Lendlease at Aurora in the Entry Park, they turned to Fleetwood to help them make their challenging concept a reality. It was a concept that included a combination of play, shade, solar energy, lighting and public art – something right up our street!
These pod seats were custom made to meet the design intent. They are a smooth fibreglass material which is finished in a special coating that gathers light during the day, to be luminous at night. The seats were intended to be used as pods to swing in, lie in, climb through etc.
The main structure required many cantilevered areas and needed to meet the design intent of touching the ground lightly as well as being one sinuous form. As a result, the pipe is of considerable size and where it touches the ground, the architect wanted to express it as a seat form, so it was not only structural but an aesthetic form that had a play/rest function to it.
When going through the design development and initial play auditing, it became clear that climbing inhibitors were needed. Several solutions were conceptualised, and the final selected solution can be seen here. Large stainless steel balls of such a size to prevent climbing up the structure. This concept resonated the most with stakeholders, because it signified the planets being seen in the night sky, a fitting addition to the Aurora.
The whole thinking of this project began by considering the name of the development (Aurora) and the reference to the Southern Lights. That’s why the structure is lit up at night, by a custom lighting display designed and installed by us. It goes through a range of carefully programmed colours, to replicate the Aurora. It adds to the overall form and beauty of the project and playspace.
It all came together in a very seamless process, I was amazed at how everything fit together so neatly and precisely. One of the advantages of working with Fleetwood early on is being able to collaborate on costing upfront – figuring out what will work, and what won’t. Nailing down what will fit within the budget, and where we might need an alternative solution. Even when some aspects of the design seem really challenging, we know Fleetwood will think outside the box to come up with a creative approach that works within the budget. That kind of collaboration is priceless.Matthew Bradbury Senior Associate, Landscape Architecture, Spiire
This picture shows the ‘Solar Trees’ that are a bespoke product designed, manufactured and installed by Fleetwood, in conjunction with Spiire. The solar captured powers a phone charging hub below. These trees have been installed throughout Precinct 1 of the estate.
The shelter was carefully designed to facilitate a solar capturing pad on the roof, to feed the power to the BBQ below the shelter.