58 Hotham Parade, Artarmon
Sun shading system
UTS Central was designed by architects fjmt in association with Lacoste + Stevenson and djrd. The concept was to design a building that responds to its dense urban environment through both aesthetics and function.
fjmt’s senior architects had been working on a critical design feature of the project – a series of intricate, operable sun shades on the building’s north-facing façade. To deliver on this highly-complex design, fjmt sought out Tilt’s expertise.
Our goal was to deliver a sun shading system that would live up to the design spirit of the building and turn a functional feature into something visually exceptional.
Our team conducted a design feasibility study considering the mechanical engineering, structural engineering, wind loads, electrical integration, material selection, aesthetic and functional objectives and budgetary expectations to deliver tender suitable drawings.
The design study provided the architects and the builders a clear understanding of the path ahead.
Tilt detailed and prototyped a range of different design options. We carefully reviewed how each individual sun shading panel interfaced with the existing building’s structure, other materials and finishes.
The process was highly collaborative between Tilt, fjmt and Richard Crookes Constructions and enabled the architects to provide feedback on their design at a 1:1 scale, giving the confidence that the end result would be exactly as imagined.
Tilt coordinated the design through parametric modelling, we commissioned Parametric Monkey to provide parametric modelling and design-to-fabrication services which allowed us to explore a range of possible outcomes rapidly whilst controlling certain parameters of the design. This process enabled us to manage complex geometries that would traditionally require hundreds of hours to detail.
The result, an intricate sun shading system with 108 unique louvres, 64 of which are operable creating a series of dynamic shapes inside and out of the building that change with the day. The perfect balance between form and function.
Automated ceiling panels
A parallel series of operable ceiling panels designed for a footbridge in the WFJ International Luxury Centre, Beijing, China.
The design of the operable panels is multi-purpose – when closed, the ceiling adds interior design appeal. When open, the audio-visual equipment adds functionality for special events.
Tilt was engaged to design, manufacture and supply the operable ceiling panels.
The thirty automated, suspended roof panels slide away to reveal audio-visual equipment, previously concealed above the panels.
It comprises two towers of 16 and 33 storeys, above a five-level retail and recreation podium, recognised as one of the world’s best tall buildings.
Jean Nouvel’s design concept called for dappled light in the building’s interior. To achieve this, Tilt designed a heliostat reflector system cantilevering from the upper levels of the eastern tower.
The heliostat incorporates an innovative system of fixed and motorized mirrored panels designed to capture sunlight and redirect it into the retail atrium and onto the landscaped terraces. At night, the heliostat’s integrated lighting displays video interpretations of Sydney landscapes.
Tilt was contracted to Watpac to Design & Construct the 42 x 6.25 sqm Sun Tracking Heliostats (on the rooftop) and the 320 x 1.5 sqm Reflector Panels (suspended beneath the main cantilever). Tilt also developed the lighting plan and risk minimisation strategies.
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