Polaris Apartments sits on Berry Street in North Sydney. Combining luxurious style and architectural beauty, the impressive 24-storey development stands out in the city skyline.
The unique design is the product of Allen Jack and Cottier Architects who were faced with a number of technical challenges associated with the site — in particular, the need to provide maximum sunlight to the building and its neighbours in what was already a heavily built up area.
High density living creates greater pressure for clever design. Despite the surrounding environment, living areas are required to have ample natural light and ventilation. The height of multi-residential apartments also produces a whole new array of safety and performance requirements.
These factors were all critical in the decision to incorporate Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows in the design of Polaris. Being balustrade-compliant and offering floor-to-ceiling capabilities and spans of 1.4 metres wide, Safetyline Jalousie louvres were able to deliver plenty of natural light to the main corridors and complement the overall glazing and its crystalline theme.
Even more important than the aesthetics was the fact that the louvre windows offered a dual purpose. Fitted with fire-rated drives, they could function as a smoke relief solution in compliance with Australian Standards. In the event of a fire, smoke sensors will trigger the louvres to open and naturally evacuate smoke from the building, enabling residents to have better visibility to access the fire stairs as well as lower the risk of smoke inhalation.
Having successfully used Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows in previous projects, the builder (Parkview Constructions) were confident in using them again. There was no doubt that the louvres met all of the safety standards for smoke and fire but they were also a stand out in terms of performance.
Quantity Supplied – Approx. 200m2
Height – 2543mm (18 Blades)
Width – 1165mm – 1400mm
Colour/Finish – Interpon Sable Brilliance Texture YY377A
Louvres – 6.38mm Clear Laminate
Operation – Motorised LDF100 drives
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