TILT and BVN have collaborated on the design of a one-of-a-kind sliding glass façade, providing a flexible all-weather facility at Bunurong Memorial Park.
The operable façade consists of three curved glass panes, forming a floor-to-ceiling window, which can be lowered to waist-height to allow open-air access to the environment and raised to offer protection from the elements.
Each window, weighing approximately two tonnes, is raised and lowered by synchronised electric actuators – a unique system designed to seamlessly integrate with the building and quietly and effortlessly operate, so as not to disrupt event proceedings.
According to TILT Managing Director, Tim Phillips, the integration of a technical series of windows in the building required considerable cooperation between the architect, builder, and industrial design team.
“It was great to collaborate with BVN who were adventurous in their approach to the conceptual design,” Tim said.
“We needed to work very closely and establish clear expectations for building tolerances early in the design phase – this was critical to the successful integration of the architecture and industrial design.
“What we have collectively achieved is a flexible design that enables the client to offer a unique facility that makes the most of all weather conditions and its cantilevered positioning over the lake,” he added.
Architect and BVN Associate Nick Flutter said working with an industrial designer during the process ensured a functional and considered solution to the unusual design brief.
“The original concept that we put forward to Tim and his team was ambitious, and we valued their expertise in working through the early design,” Nick said.
“We found we could speak the same language and bounce ideas and we made a lot of progress in a short time.
“TILT were then able to take those concepts forward and deliver an elegant system that met our client’s original objectives.”
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