Sun shading system
Architects – Tzannes
Architect of record – H & E Architects
Client – Judith Neilson
Builder – Infinity Constructions
Project Managers – Colliers
A striking brass access garage door custom designed, celebrated as an architectural statement for the building.
The heritage-listed building on Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, is the old JC Goodwin & Co glass factory transformed by renowned architects Tzannes in collaboration with H&E Architects, and Infinity Constructions.
To become the new headquarters for the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas – a lively international hub of journalistic ideas and events.
A beautiful space generously provided by Judith Neilson serving journalists and the wider community.
The concept for the door and surrounding gates was developed to complement the overall building façade. A challenging and rewarding opportunity to integrate materials that represent a strong aesthetic sympathy to the architectural vision as a whole.
The brass door is imposing in its size creates a striking first impression with its undeniable brass lustre.
The bespoke nature of the door required a custom design and construction approach. Tilt was engaged to review the feasibility of achieving the unique concept, to develop a reliable mechanical concept, and detail the design accounting for site integration challenges.
Tilt ultimately managed the manufacturing, installation, and commissioning of the design.
The garage door spans nearly 6mtrs, with the two-panel design weighing in over 1500kgs.
More than 100 equally spaced solid brass bars provide both performance ventilation and security befitting the building.
The Design of the JNIJI is quite restrained. While appearing to be simple, the design demanded a high level of precision in the details and the construction to realise the design ambition. Coupled with the need for finesse in the detailing, the institute required a high level of security. Tilt was invaluable in translating the architectural design intent to provide a well-considered and highly secure door design that functions efficiently in confined spatial conditions and is meticulously fabricated. – Tzannes
Custom designed security screens
Security screening designed to complement the architectural aesthetic and integrate seamlessly with the recently installed brass garage door at JNI.
Additionally, the screens provide privacy inside the building for patrons while maintaining porosity levels by up to 60% allowing for natural ventilation of the garage.
Tilt worked closely with architect Tzannes’s to develop a custom solution for their brief. A methodical approach to the design process included conceptual design and a prototyping phase prior to detailed design for manufacturing.
Engaging with various stakeholders throughout the staged design process ensured the various technical performance requirements were addressed early in the process and concurrently allowed for additional design criteria such as the design aesthetic and colour palette to be explored.
Ensuring the screens could be successfully retrofit in the existing garage door without affecting mechanical operation was an additional consideration requiring a lightweight solution.
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