The Australian Catholic University

While denoting an environment of research, study and the Catholic identity, the 4,000m2 space is “welcoming, inclusive and invites people to stay,” says Jeroen Hagendoorn, HASSELL’s Lead Architect on the project. 

Taking its distinct design cue from the structure of the former 1920’s bank note facility, Schiavello completed the industrial-natured refurbishment in four stages. This included the lower ground, ground floor and addition of a six-storey external staircase enclosed in a glazed facade. Making the first impression from the exterior, Glassworks supplied their pioneering LoE-366® low-emissivity glass in 6mm – becoming more and more recognised for it’s solar control and high visibility.

Making up such a significant portion of the exterior, LoE-366 really was a wise choice as it means occupants can enjoy a more naturally temperature controlled building with less glare and full view from the inside out – all conducive to studying and concentration. The client can also enjoy reduced electricity costs and less cleaning thanks to the added Neat® easy-clean coating.

Featuring open batten ceilings to reveal exposed structural and services elements, a new reception, security office, bookstore, cafeteria and lounge areas – all newly constructed for the open space. The lower ground also incorporates a new state-of-the-art radio room, Student Council Office, Facilities Department amenities and mail room. Utilising a neutral palette of stone and timber, the highly durable materials were chosen to weather high traffic use. Glassworks were pleased to be engaged for works on the external staircase which additionally embraces the building’s original window fenestration.

The new ground floor also maintains the building’s heritage integrity by replacing existing aluminium framed windows with steel frames created by Schiavello subsidiary, Metcon.

Bairnsdale Library Project using LoE-366

More than just a library, the recently completed Bairnsdale library project by NOWarchitecture is the winner of multiple awards including Best Commercial Building ($3M-$6M) and Glassworks is proud to have supplied their pioneering LoE-366® glass, integral to the energy performance, comfort and natural light aspects of this building.

The project brief stipulated that the design must uphold the connection to the Heritage Hall. As the Heritage Hall ran along the full length of the northern edge of the site, taking up the entire desired northern aspect, NOWarchitecture elected to make use of east facing glazing on the front façade and for this reason, the glass performance was paramount and this is where LoE-366 came in. “LoE-366 provided the best combination of insulation, natural daylighting and transparency with low reflectance”, says Neville.  He added that in combination with the timber structure and the Raico Therm + glazing system, the LoE-366 made for an extremely high value system, with higher insulation levels and lower cost than conventional aluminium facade systems.

Beyond its function as a traditional library, this building serves as a community hub with meeting rooms, a cafeteria and a range of formal and informal reading and research spaces. The new building respects the urban form of the heritage building by replicating its scale and form.  Receding the extension has retained the streetscape focus on the heritage facade and creates a community plaza space with a cinema, children’s play area and a sheltered outdoor meeting place.

Innovative and holistic environmental design has reduced operation and energy costs and provides a warm aesthetic based on an exposed plantation timber structures. The high performance of the LoE-366 glass facaded atrium and a passive hydrothermal air conditioning system provides excellent natural lighting, thermal comfort and air quality.  “The glazing of the facade has been a crucial factor in the success of the building by providing a facade with a U value of 1.36 while providing high levels of natural lighting”, says Neville.  The high level of transparency has also been important in engaging the public and in the aesthetic response to the heritage building. The high level of visibility into the building from the street and the use of LED internal lighting ensures security of the plaza forecourt and promotion of the Library at night.

Neville notes that the product and material selections were based on value for money both in construction and ongoing costs, for example; the joinery quality structure allowed secondary finishes to be significantly reduced which then in turn reduces costs and increases value; the glazing system incorporating approximately 140 sq.m of performance LoE-366 glass, timber framed, double glazed facade ensures that daylighting levels are increased whilst heat gain and loss is reduced, and the LoE-366 glass, with its Neat® easy-clean coating, is practically self-cleaning.
NOWarchitecture and the client are currently monitoring on-going energy usage and have observed significant reductions in energy use. Michael Gleeson, General Manager of Glassworks, notes that “while low-emissivity glass is nothing new and LoE-366 glass is already being adopted across Europe and America, the fantastic result of the Bairnsdale Library could well be an Australian landmark project, demonstrating the performance and aesthetic potential of this low-e glass”.

The Bairnsdale Library Upgrade was opened on 10 April 2014, with over 3000 community members in attendance on that day. The client stated, “since the opening, the number of people using the facility has essentially tripled, there are many more individuals and community groups enjoying the very high quality public and welcoming space that has been created. Council is extremely happy with the outcome achieved”.

Formed Vision™ expands the range

The Formed Vision range of formed and 3-dimensional textured glass panels in organic textures, labelled the Earth Range, has expanded to include other dramatic impressions, known as the Structure Range of patterns.

Structure Range
Four mechanical based patterns on a larger or smaller scale ideal for large commercial applications or more intricate applications such as doors or shower screens. Matrix is a bold vertical and horizontal line pattern while Chicane is an erratic curved pattern. Fortuitous Square is an array of larger and smaller soft squares while Petite Square is a smaller square based pattern. They can have cut outs and holes as required for installation and are toughened for safety and are therefore suited to a plethora of applications including:

Wall cladding
Internal and external balustrading
Feature windows
Screening and partitions
Bars and nightclubs

To really celebrate and exaggerate the pattern, Glassworks recommends LED lighting or cladding to a coloured wall. For a more natural classic look, cladding to neutral colours or concrete surfaces has a stunning effect.

Custom patterns, LED lighting and painting still available
For impactful signage solutions and other installations, Formed Vision offers LED lighting, custom painting and custom forming, including custom etching logos.
Ask Glassworks about customisation on a project-basis as results and conditions may vary.