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Sydney Commonwealth Parliament Offices

Glass Build: (6+6)mm Low Iron Curved Laminated Glass; 6mm Curved Mirror

Architectus designed the fit out for the new Sydney Commonwealth Parliament Offices (CPO) located across three levels at 1 Bligh Street.

The offices are a unique environment which provide office accommodation for Australian government Ministerial and Parliamentary staff while visiting New South Wales and also provide an important gateway for Parliamentarians when meeting international dignitaries.

The central objective of the design was to create flexible and highly secure office accommodation for public and private uses while fully optimising the unique qualities of 1 Bligh.

The timeless design was influenced by the unique nature and character of Sydney, drawing inspiration from natural daylight, views to the harbour, transparency, coastal form and local materials.

The CPO comprises suites for the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and other federal Ministers, along with conference and meeting spaces, media and press rooms and associated facilities.

Through Architectus’ detailed understanding and knowledge of 1 Bligh’s base building design the fit out has been designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 rating.

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Ivywall Hotel in Palawan

LOCATION: Palawan, Philippines

GLASS BUILD: All Interior and Exterior Glass

10mm, 8mm F Green Tempered Glass; 10mm, 12mm Clear Tempered Glass

 

An affiliate of the Best Western Hotels and Resorts International chain, Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel provides the perfect base for both business and leisure travelers in the emerging city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan island – touted as the “Best Island in the World”.

With its beautiful natural attractions, Puerto Princesa in Palawan has become the destination of choice for travelers seeking adventure and a taste of local culture.

The Ivywall Hotel, located at the heart of Puerto Princesa just a few minutes away from the airport, offers a relaxing stay with a host of amenities and world-class service.

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Launched in 2016, The Ivywall Hotel is the first hotel development of DataLand, Inc. – the real estate arm of DDT Konstract, Inc. – a leading quadruple A construction firm in the country. DataLand, Inc. is currently engaged in the development of residential, commercial, office as well as hospitality and leisure projects. The goal is to be “at the cutting edge of the real estate industry through the development of high-quality destinations anchored on the company’s development expertise and dynamism.

DataLand Vice President Paul Vincent Chua explains the concept behind the two restaurants. “Palawan has always been a tourist destination, and our main source of guests are local tourists and foreign travelers who want to experience being close to nature. What we have noticed missing in the city are cultural destinations and food that highlight local offerings within an experiential setting. With Anibong Restaurant and Balayong Grill and Bar, we aim to become the top must-experience dining destinations in Puerto Princesa”, says Chua.

An affiliate of the Best Western Hotels and Resorts International chain, The Ivywall Hotel was awarded the 2017 Best Western Plus Best Standard Award. Its commitment to excellent guest service, inspiring amenities such as its inviting pool and well-equipped fitness center, and comfortable accommodations within a modern Filipino setting have made it the hotel of choice in this landmark tourist destination.

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Novorossiysk’s Waterfront with 9 Descending Buildings

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a new masterplan which will be situated along the city of Novorossiysk’s waterfront in Russia, the new masterplan will unite the city’s recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition that reinstates the city’s embankment promenade as important civic space reflecting Novorossiysk’s maritime heritage.

Called Admiral Serebryakov Embankment, the studio has won the competition to activate Novorossiysk’s largest shipping port, which is also the third busiest in Europe. With direct links to Russia’s rail and highway networks, Novorossiysk has also developed into an important centre of industry.

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Novorossiysk is located on the Black Sea coast, connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal. “Documented in antiquity as a port specializing in grain, Novorossiysk rich history and traditions as a centre of trade are continued in this masterplan that integrates new public spaces and amenities for the city’s residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore with facilities to host international conferences, trade fairs and business congresses, as well as professional and academic seminars,” said ZHA.

The nine curvaceous buildings are situated perpendicular to the waterfront to maintain existing sea views from the city. The masterplan is blended with Novorossiysk’s urban fabric to create a porous configuration that reconnects the city with its coast. It will invite residents and visitors to traverse the site via public plazas, gardens and parks.

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“By restricting vehicular access, the design creates opportunities for outdoor leisure, sports and recreation in the city’s coastal subtropical climate throughout much of the year,” said ZHA in a project statement.

“The masterplan unites its recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition that reinstates the city’s embankment promenade as important civic space reflecting Novorossiysk’s maritime heritage. A new fishing port, marina and piers are integral to the masterplan, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore on which the city was founded.”

The 13.9-hectare (139,000-square-metre) masterplan is a phased development of nine principal buildings with a total floor area of approximately 300,000 square metres.

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“Applying the concept of ‘instancing’ in which nine iterations of a single form evolve in a gradient across the site, the configuration of each building is established according its unique function, conditions and requirements,” added the studio.

“As with time-lapse photography capturing nine instances of its subject over a period of time, this evolution sequence becomes the masterplan itself.”

ZHA, as it always has been, will use a digital computational model developed for this masterplan in Novorossiysk which will perform as an urban planning tool – analysing many different programmatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions to define the new buildings within the masterplan.

“All nine buildings are informed by this digital model that simultaneously considers multiple iterations including programme, orientation, environment, height and volume,” explained the firm.

“This parametric model enables designers and stakeholders to accommodate the functional, economic and other time-related fluctuations that influence each new phase of development while also maintaining the overriding architectural vision.”

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The first phase of the masterplan will include facilities for civic, cultural and corporate events as well as the hotel; signalling the restoration of the city’s waterfront on Tsemes Bay as a vibrant public space for Novorossiysk’s residents and visitors.

More than 40 teams from 13 countries took part in the competition. The jury included local and national architects, urban planners and economists together with representatives of the Novorossiysk administrative region.

Construction of the masterplan’s first phase is expected to start in the second half of 2019.

Zaha Hadid Architects is also working on the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia, which is expected to be completed in 2019.

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BIG Designs Twisting Towers In New York

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled new images of a pair of twisting towers that are currently rising in New York’s High Line. Located at 76 11th Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street, the new towers are comprised of a twisted form sitting on a massive but semi-transparent base, which are gently designed not to block each other’s views along the High Line.

Named The XI, the towers – also literally known as The Eleventh, are currently under construction on site and their exoskeleton already took shape on project site. The XI is planned to complete in 2019.

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Developed by HFZ Capital Group, the tower on the West side will have 36 floors and reach approximately 400 feet (121,9 meters), will include 149 condos and its interiors will designed by the New York firm Gabellini Sheppard, while the East tower will reach 26 floors and about 300 feet (91 meters). The East tower will also contain a Six Senses hotel on the lower floors and will contain 87 condos from the 11th floor up, which will be designed by the Paris firm Gilles & Boissier.

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Conceived as “a micro-neighbourhood”, the building’s central courtyard will be filled with plantings, designed by the Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea. On the street level of the building, several pavilions, restaurants and retail stores, linked to a park on the eastern edge of the site designed by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, are developed to attract visitors throughout this popular walkway.

The pair of twisting asymmetrical bronze and travertine towers is connected by a skybridge, allowing new visitors to pass underneath. The building will be clad by travertine materials and as the towers rotate around its own base, the appearance of the material will change and be shadowed throughout floor-to-ceiling glazing.

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“Our whole idea is to create a resort environment in an urban setting,” Mr. Feldman told New York Times. “We have all the natural resources — the water, the park, the High Line.”

Bjarke Ingels also explained to the New York Times that he designed twisted towers in order to maximize desirable views for residents inside, by allowing the buildings to peek around each other and neighboring structures.

“We minimized the width of the tower on the river, on the lower levels,” added Ingels, describing the west tower. “But then as it rises, it expands, and at the top, it occupies the full western facade.”

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Southbank Place Apartments Australia

Central Equity’s latest Melbourne project, Southbank Place, represents the culmination of over 30 years of experience and is located in the heart of Southbank where the company is responsible for over 50 percent of the neighbourhood’s apartments. Located in inner-city Melbourne, Southbank is famous as a multicultural arts and leisure precinct.

February 2018, Southbank Place Apartments which is a stunning new 52-level glass apartment tower included large three-bedroom corner apartments (up to 125 sqm) and generous two-bedroom apartments with study (up to 105 sqm) was under construction in the heart of Melbourne.

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Hongjia assisted in producing glass wall which used 12mm Light Grey Reflective Tempered Glass and 12mm Europe Grey HST Tempered Glass. It took a long time to finish the production. We concentrated on the glass quality, it must be in line with customer’s requirement. Finally, the production was finished and shipped the glasses to Australia in early November.

The wall glass details please see belows:

Pictures of products:

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Heat Soaked Test:

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Inspecting piece by piece:

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Put protective film on the glass and use corner protection to protect each piece of glass.

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Safety wooden crates:

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Glazing Systems

Virtually any type of glazing system can be used with structural glass facades. Check out the options

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FRAMED

Framed systems support the glass continuously along two or four sides. There are many variations of framed systems, most of which fall into two general categories. Conventional unitized curtainwall systems are seldom used with structural glass facades.

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STICK

Stick-built glass facades are a method of curtain wall construction where much of the fabrication and assembly takes place in the field. Mullions of extruded aluminum may be prefabricated, but are delivered as unassembled “sticks” to the building site. Mullions are then installed onto the building face to create a frame for the glass, which is installed subsequently. Economical off-the-shelf stick curtain wall products are available from various manufacturers that may be suitable for application in structural glass facades, primarily on truss systems.

 

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VENEER

Truss systems can be designed with an outer chord of square or rectangular tubing, and may include transom components of similar material, presenting a uniform flat grid installed to high tolerances. Such a system can provide continuous support to the simplest and most minimal off-the-shelf glazing system, thus combining relatively high transparency with excellent economy. A veneer glazing system is essentially a stick-built curtain wall system designed for continuous support and representing a higher level of system integration with resulting efficiency. Variations can include 4-sided capture, 2-sided capture, structurally glazed and unitized systems.

 

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PANEL / CASSETTE

Panel systems are typically constructed from a framed glass lite. The framed panel can then be point-supported by a supporting structural system, while the glass remains continuously supported on two or four sides. This also allows the panel to be stepped away from the support system — a practice that visually lightens the facade. Panel systems can be prefabricated, benefiting from assembly under factory-controlled conditions.

Cassette systems combine properties of stick, veneer and panel systems. While variations exist, the predominant makeup of a cassette system is comprised of a primary structural mullion system, which is stick built. These provide the support and facilitate the attachment of the glass panels. The glass lites are factory assembled into minimal frames, which form an integral connection with the primary mullion system. A cassette system can be designed to be fully shop-glazed, requiring no application of sealant during field installation.

 

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FRAMELESS

Frameless systems utilize glass panes that are fixed to a structural system at discrete points, usually near the corners of the glass panel (point-fixed). The glass is directly supported without the use of perimeter framing elements. Glass used in point-fixed applications is typically heat-treated.

 

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POINT-FIXED BOLTED

The most popular (and often most expensive) glass system for application in structural glass facades is the bolted version. The glass panel requires perforations to accommodate specialized bolting hardware. Specially designed off-the-shelf hardware systems are readily available, or custom components can be designed. Cast stainless steel spider fittings are most commonly used to tie the glass to the supporting structure, although custom fittings are often developed for larger facade projects. The glass must be designed to accommodate bending loads and deflections resulting from the fixing method. For overhead applications, insulated-laminated glass panels require the fabrication of 12 holes per panel, which can represent a cost constraint on some projects.

 

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POINT-FIXED CLAMPED

Point-fixed clamped systems are a solution for point fixing without the perforations in glass. In the case of a spider type fitting, the spider is rotated 45 degrees from the bolted position so that its arms align with glass seams. A thin blade penetrates through the seam between adjacent pieces of glass. An exterior plate attaches to the blade and clamps the glass in place. The bolted systems present an uninterrupted glass surface, while the clamped systems expose the small exterior clamp plate. Some facade designers prefer the exposed hardware aesthetic. While clamped systems have the potential for greater economy by eliminating the need for glass perforations, the cost of the clamping hardware may offset at least some savings, depending upon the efficiency of the design.

 

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Double-Skin Facade

The double-skin facade is a system of building consisting of two skins, or facades, placed in such a way that air flows in the intermediate cavity. The ventilation of the cavity can be natural, fan supported or mechanical. Apart from the type of the ventilation inside the cavity, the origin and destination of the air can differ depending mostly on climatic conditions, the use, the location, the occupational hours of the building and the HVAC strategy.

 

The glass skins can be single or double glazing units with a distance from 20 cm up to 2 meters. Often, for protection and heat extraction reasons during the cooling period, solar shading devices are placed inside the cavity.

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Again, Cooperated With Tiffany

Ordered by Tiffany&CO-Korea, 19mm +SGP+25mm with 25mm beveled with four sides stepped glass.

It is super clear tempered laminated glass.

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Spider System

With constant development in science and technology, glass curtain walls are finding increasingly more applications and their structures are also experiencing great changes. Fully spider fitting frame-less glass curtain walls, connect glass together in an open space using various types of light/heavy steel structures via various types of spider fitting members to form flexible and unobstructed glass facade. In this way, fully spider fitted glass walls not only maintain the safety of aluminum alloy frame glass curtain wall but also eliminate the disadvantages of the later in singular structure and restrictions from construction structures. As a result they provide unobstructed view as a whole, neat, bright and integrated with such advantages as safety, practicality and artistic taste thus becoming a vogue for modern construction and decorations.

 

Thermally toughened or tempered glass panels are used as single or insulated glass units. In case of single panels laminated safety glass is preferred due to safety reasons. This system consists of a number of accessories with metal arms. At the end of each arm, a sheet of glass is fixed by the corners with a special screw. The vacuum between these sheets is filled up with isolators to overcome mechanical pressure and weather conditions.

 

The rectangular glass sheets have 4 or 6 countersunk drilled holes into which countersunk stainless steel bolts acting as point-fixings. The space between the glass panes are filled with weather seal. The support elements that hold the fitting can be space frame, glass fin, tension cables or steel circular columns to provide the aesthetic effect as desired by the customer.

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The Ministry of Education Headquarters Building

The production for Project: The Ministry of Education Headquarters Building is going well.

So far,4 full 40′ containers have been shipped out.

Check below pictures for super clear tempered glass with colorful paintinglaminated coloful glasscaremic firt glass.

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