Decorative operable facade
Richard Crookes Constructions
Architect – Downie North
Construction – EB Construction
Photography – Alicia Taylor
The new operable feature seamlessly integrates with the existing façade to blend with the environment.
Residential projects put the built environment to the ultimate test: living up to the aspirations of people who will build a life around the new feature. Downie North Architects and EB Construction approached Tilt with a concept to design a large single-panel counterbalanced garage door for a residential warehouse conversion in Surry Hills.
The design intent was to showcase the feature as a continuous form of the façade, presenting as a single element to complement the urban surrounds. The counterbalancing mechanisms were exposed to tie into the overarching aesthetic, which combines heritage structures with contemporary high-tech materials.
Tilt designed the 6m x 2m operable garage door using a single-piece steel-frame clad with perforated and anodised aluminium panels. By paying particular attention to detail, the door design is such that the hole pattern is continuous across individual sheets.
The door operates using a series of pullies led by a motor and counterweight system. This system is beautifully encased to highlight the expressed mechanical elements, and it disappears into a void when the door opens and reappears once the door closes.
“Working with Tilt is a pleasure. Tim and his team immediately understood what we wanted to achieve with our Surry Hills project and set about making it happen.
From the early-stage conceptual design, right down to discussing final details, there was energy and enthusiasm throughout the entire process.”
Daniel North – Principal Architect, Downie North Architecture
Tilt was also engaged to deliver a custom operable roof-access skylight, opening up to rooftop living opportunities.
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