A perforated metal façade from Locker Group was installed as a sunscreen on the Porsche Brighton building in Melbourne, VIC. The standard perforation design protects the vehicles displayed in the external showroom from the harsh Australian climate.

The main scope for this project was to create a façade/ sunscreen to match other Porsche centres around Australia. Locker Group closely monitored the design, fabrication and installation process as well as the final finish since Porsche was very protective of their brand identity.

The perforated screens allow natural daylight to flow through into the showroom, ensuring an ideal environment for highlighting the vehicles’ features.

The designers chose perforated metal panels featuring one of Locker Group’s standard patterns. The large panels, each featuring an inbuilt framing border, provide a modern look to the dealership. Locker Group worked closely with the project builder, Exel Links throughout the construction process, providing samples and installation advice to make sure the client was happy with the final concept.

Locker Group’s perforated metal was specified for two reasons: To emphasise the façade of Porsche Brighton’s new showroom, while also acting as a sunscreen to protect the inhabitants as well as vehicles from the sun’s glare. The final design outcome is aligned with Porsche’s premium branding position in the market.

Locker Group’s perforated patterns allow air to flow through, while still ensuring a suitable sunscreen. Perforated metal can also be used for balustrades, feature façades or any location where airflow is required.

Photography: Rob Burnett