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Arc by Crown, Sydney NSW

Kensington Series® is renowned as the storm proof louvre

Koichi Takada Architects produced a beautiful contemporary response to Sydney’s surrounding heritage buildings. Brickwork is the hero of the aesthetic, with clever detailing that creates a façade of elegant arches inspired by ‘the curvilinear nature of Australia and masonry nature of surrounding building’s’ .  The intricate detailing of these arches called for specialist installers who treat this masonry material with the respect it deserves.  This attention to detail and call for quality was also extended to the interface of the louvres within the façade. Louvreclad were brought on board to design, engineer, supply and install all the louvres required to allow the building to breath and aid with stair pressurisation.  Three different louvre profiles were selected to meet the requirements of the project, including Kensington Series® high performance louvres, which were installed to ground level retail spaces.

Renowned as ‘the storm proof louvre’ with 100% effective rain resistance and Class A rating, Kensington Series® offered the security of knowing water entry will be virtually nil.

Typically, louvres are installed flush with the external cladding.  In this case, the architects wanted the louvres to be expressed as a separate architectural component protruding out from the façade.  To maintain the clean line aesthetic, a custom light-weight powder coated aluminium frame was designed with special care given to ensure any water that did come through would be drained back to the outside. Featuring on the King street Elevation is a substantially large 3.5m x 53m high Nexus Series® single stage continuous louvre running up the building from Level 9 to the roof. Orion and Neptune Series® were utilized for all louvre doors and smaller interior louvres. Louvreclad enjoyed collaborating with Koichi Takada architects and Hutchinson Builders on this landmark project and are very impressed with what has been achieved.  


Arc by Crown Apartments 161-165 Clarence St Sydney


Hutchison Builders


Koichi Takada Architects