Melbourne: Swanston Square is Melbourne’s latest city precinct and boasts a vibrant array of retail options, commercial offices and residential apartments.
The architects for this project sought to refurbish the Maltstore with a window system reflecting the era, while recognizing the need for double-glazing to meet the ESD requirements. The concept resulted in a traditional steel frame to best reflect the materials used.
Probuild contracted Steelvision after learning of their innovative design skills with other steel window systems. The team at Steelvision met with the architects to better understand their wishes and then produced a concept and cost budget which became the framework for the end design.
Following a series of meetings over an 8 week period, and thorough design development between all parties, the final detailed design was agreed to from which the shop drawings were prepared, glass ordered and installation commenced following completion of the new concrete floor slabs. This was all completed within the original cost budget.
The extensive design development and exhaustive drafting allowed Steelvision to order the glass from the shop drawings as opposed to traditional methods, which require site measuring. This gave them the added advantage of having glass on site earlier than usual.
Starting with a unique design, which had not been done before, was in itself challenging. Having three different door systems work within the parameters was difficult particularly when creating a steel bifold door system that fitted with the total concept.
“The extensive 3D modeling allowed Steelvision to convert the design into reality before fabrication and thus armed the project with the tools required to complete the contract successfully. ” – David Gooley, Managing Director