Willow Aliento, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW
Having almost three decades of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of louvre systems gives JWI Louvres a definite edge in the innovation stakes. At Dominion Apartments, their combination of engineering skill, aesthetic excellence and functionality is on display for all to see, with their handiwork forming one of the distinctive elements of the project’s façade.
Working with the architects from the early stages, JWI implemented the bespoke solution for the project, to include a PFC façade of 320mm aluminium facefit, which has been designed to resemble old steel beams. Powder coated in black, with large steel welded corners, the PFC adds a sense of framing and architectural distinction to both the glazed and stone parts of the façade.
JWI also designed, manufactured and installed all the motorised retractable blinds for the exterior, and 300mm fixed vertical aluminium louvres for privacy and shading on the balconies of the project’s western face. The perforated aluminium sign for the Apartments on Burton Street is also JWI’s handiwork. JWI’s focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for clients and projects, including the functional aspect of reducing solar loads and thermal transference during hot summer days, and the quality aspect of low maintenance and long lifecycle. One of the guiding principles for all JWI designs is energy conservation and sustainability, something for which the company was recognised with an Australian Design Award.
The company’s inhouse design and engineering talents have created a wide range of products, which can meet the needs of projects across the commercial and residential construction sectors. These include retractable and non-retractable blind systems, fixed and operable ellipsoids, operable roofs, and vertical cedar sunshading louvres. JWI can manufacture bespoke products in extruded aluminium and baked enamelled roll formed aluminium in a range of blade profiles, finishes and colours including powder coated and anodized.
The systems can be installed as fixed, sliding, bi-fold or lifting panels with either manual or motorised controls, with the option of linking electronically controlled blinds and louvres to environmental sensors and BMS systems, enabling automatic adjustment in response to weather conditions, or a timer can be incorporated into the motorized set-up for programmed opening and closing.
Based in Sydney, JWI provides their full design and installation service to both domestic and international markets. Other recent major projects have included Liverpool Hospital, The Mint, University of Melbourne Medley Hall, Parramatta Trial Courts, Sugar Mill Warehouse Development and Panorama Apartments.