VCCC flicks the switch for White Night Melbourne
Published 25 February 2016
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) turned on its external lights for the first time this week, providing the first glimpse of what the iconic building will look like when operational later this year.
The VCCC’s signature purple ribbon and illuminated sky signs were switched on to coincide with the fourth annual White Night Melbourne festival.
The distinct building, situated between two of Melbourne’s busiest arterial roads into the city, could be seen for kilometres, with an estimated 580,000 people attending events within the city.
The stunning purple ribbon lighting and two 30-metre-long sky signs are ready to be permanently switched on as this landmark project nears completion in mid-2016.
The unique purple ribbon – a continuous physical architectural element that wraps around the building, connecting the lower clinical levels with the research levels above – is constructed from bespoke coloured glass and aluminium composite panels.
Energy-efficient LED lighting strips around the ribbon have been specially tuned to match the colours of the façade.
The locally-sourced sky signs also include LED lights to provide a low-power, long-service option to illuminating the VCCC for many years to come.
Since its inception in Paris in 2002, White Night, or Nuit Blanche, has inspired an international network of White Night events in more than 20 cities around the world.
White Night Melbourne, a Victorian Government initiative, is a 12-hour arts festival that incorporates lighting installations, exhibitions, multimedia and interactive events in the streets, public spaces and cultural institutions across Melbourne’s CBD.
White Night Melbourne was first staged in 2013 and now sees more than 500,000 people venture into Melbourne’s CBD to witness the city come alive in what has become one of the key events on Australia’s cultural calendar.
The VCCC is set to open in mid-2016.
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