Designed to create a landmark and a symbol of national unity, Australia’s Parliament House is an architectural masterpiece, which dominates its capital city, Canberra.
American architects Mitchell, Giurgola & Thorp were selected from 329 entrants in an international competition to design a new Parliament House that would last 200 years and beyond, and help reinforce the role of Parliament as the foundation of Australia’s democratic system.
Durability was an important feature, and they chose a Kynar 500® PVDF-based finish to protect and preserve this outstanding building. Kynar 500® based finish’s resistance to the high ultraviolet radiation of the Australian climate and its consistency of color from panel to panel made it the obvious choice.
The aluminum walls and windows were also coated with a Kynar 500® based finish using the colors Grey Olive, Olive Grey and Paris Grey. These colors were specifically chosen as they reflect the natural Australian setting by the landscaped gardens and native plantations surrounding the building.
Mitchell, Giurgola & Thorp knew that coatings based on Kynar 500® PVDF resin have the ability to shrug off urban grime and climatic extremes while still retaining their beauty for generations. They also knew that structures protected by a Kynar 500® based coating will withstand the test of time.