Exciting New Addition to Melbourne’s Night Sky
The recently-opened Aurora Melbourne Central tower is a spectacular addition to Melbourne’s ever-changing skyline. Not only is this Melbourne’s tallest residential tower, and Australia’s third tallest building, its unusual hibiscus flower-inspired organic shape designed by architects Elenberg Fraser draws the eye by day, while its unique LED façade lighting adds an attention-grabbing element to the city’s night skies. Consisting of some 2.2km of Color Kinetics RGB Vaya tubes, controlled down to pixel level by a Coolux Pandoras Box system, the NDY Light-designed façade lighting was supplied, commissioned and programmed by Lightmoves, with electrical installation by Maxim Electrical.
Lightmoves also engineered a unique lighting solution for the La Trobe street façade of the building’s podium. LED fixtures were installed to edge light the façade’s vertical glass fins which range from one to seven floors in height. Each fin is individually controlled, and integrated with the main façade control system.
Directly connected to the Melbourne Central underground railway station, the 270m tall (84 floor) Aurora Melbourne Central tower houses a mixture of offices, retail spaces, 959 private apartments, 252 serviced apartments and a 362-space car park. The project was constructed for UEM Sunrise by Probuild with electrical engineering design by Murchie Consulting.
Lightmoves was selected for this project for its peerless reputation in quality project management, together with its unique ability to install the LED tubes and cabling onto the elements of the façade in its Noble Park factory, before the façade was attached to the building. This dramatically simplified the installation process and substantially reduced the cost of constructing the façade.