Locations Archives: St Kilda

The Gipson Commons

St Michael’s Grammar School

 

 

Glulam louvres are designed by architects to enhance energy efficiency by controlling the amount of heat, light, sun and ultra violet rays from entering a building. Timber Glulam louvres can also be used for sun control, privacy and ventilation and are available in durable timber species such as White Cypress, Spotted Gum and Treated Pine.

Louvres can be designed with an array of shapes and profiles depending on your preference and budget.  Usually laminated timber fins are fixed into position due to their size and weight.  During design a façade engineer will consider wind loads and structural requirements.

The Gipson Commons façade is made up of 292 White Cypress glulam fins (420mm x 85mm) in lengths of 3.8m and 4.2m

Behind these fins is an innovative education centre offering students (K-12) with access to many resources including both physical and electronic research database where young minds can commit to learning and innovation.

The new building comprises flexible classrooms, secluded pods for individual study, breakout spaces and custom designed science areas. An enclosed cafeteria which seats 200 also offering a multi-functional café style environment ideal for class functions and other large scale events.

Glulam louvres are visibly attractive and brighten up the façade of any building while offering the potential for energy savings. They can be made to almost any size and shape and coated with a vast selection of stains and oils.  These fins were coated with Cutek Grey Mist.

 

Project Information

We Worked With

Architect: Architectus

Structural Engineer: Cardno

We used the products
This Project Was Budgeted At
20 million
This Project Took Place In
St Kilda
This Project Occured In
2015

St Kilda Townhouse

Curved facade and pergola

This townhouse is nothing but extraordinary!

Thinking outside the box and bespoke work excites and delights us. Creating the aesthetic look of glulam combined with a functional pergola for the client is really interesting and innovative and it is our joy to be part of this kind of project.

The curved glulam facade is the magnificent centrepiece of this building. 10 fins span two stories starting at street level and arching up, for a 9.6-meter total curved span. Facing two roads, rich dark grained fins create the stunning look and feel of the street view. The strong brown timber beams rise straight up into the air, then curve gracefully over the two-storied roof to become the pergola, a truly stunning outdoor entertaining area.

The challenge

The tighter the curve, the smaller the pieces need to be to create structural integrity. The curve is a radius of 1.5m, which required 10mm laminations. The job required us to modify our curve press as the beams needed to begin with a straight section that then led into the tight curve.

The glulam beams were slotted and drilled in the factory, ready to be assembled on site. We also provided the steel connections and fixings.

Cutek clear coating was applied prior to dispatch, the result being a natural looking White Cypress finish. Compared with painting on site, which would require scaffolding, road closures and several days of work, we have provided a ready to use solution that requires only a couple of days from delivery to completion on site.

When completed, polycarbonate roofing will sit atop the ribs creating an airy natural feeling outdoor pergola. From the street you’ll see a stunning natural looking modern façade.

Project Information

We used the products
This Project Took Place In
St Kilda
This Project Occured In
2015