The striking facade design is a collaboration between the project architects, design team, and Melbourne artist Robert Owen. Comprising three distinct parts, the exterior of Triptych is beautifully textured and coloured, representing a contemporary stained glass garden. Coloured window panes intersperse down the length of the building, representing falling rain.
The colours then 'collect' atop the aluminium garden facade that fronts the first several storeys. Owen calls this effect, "digital showers". At the entrance, residents enter beneath a rich and leafy vertical garden, sustained by the building's water harvesting system.
THE ARTISTS BRIEF
- People - DNA and the idea of family resemblance
- Environment - National Gallery of Victoria and the arts precinct - looking at art - looking at buildings/windows - surface, framing, image, painting and colour
- Site - Footprint/Foundation/Geology - structure, molecules and the interrelationship of nature