Various products from Architectural Window Systems (AWS) were specified for a new luxury retirement village in South Australia to address specific concerns of the client.

Located in leafy Fullarton, South Australia, Living Choice is a retirement lifestyle living village designed by CED Building Design and featuring 141 fully operating apartments, a leisure centre complete with a restaurant, cinema, hairdresser, library, bowling green, outdoor BBQ area and an indoor pool and spa.

With AWS products installed in his own home, the client from Living Choice Australia Retirement Villages sought to incorporate the same quality of product in the new retirement village and therefore, brought on board AWS and the fabricator, Geoffrey Packer & Co.

Living Choice Australia wanted the building to be Adelaide’s finest retirement village, providing a comfortable and luxurious lifestyle to the residents.

AWS systems were particularly chosen for their ability to address specific concerns of the client. For instance, to meet the client’s requirement for a sliding door with a non-profiled sill (square flat sill), the Vantage Series 618 MAGNUM sliding door that allows for a flush sill was supplied. The flush sill is an important factor when designing for the elderly or disabled as it contributes to ease of access and minimises trips and falls.

The client also wanted flyscreens on the sliding doors to slide internally, ensuring the longevity of the flyscreen by protecting them from the weather. This was another reason why the Vantage Series 618 MAGNUM sliding door was the ideal choice for the installation.

Based on specifications from Packers, AWS redesigned the MAGNUM door to get the screens to slide internally without compromising the performance of the door.

The retirement village project also used several other AWS products including the Elevate Series 400 commercial framing with a flush glazed sash; Series 50 commercial sliding doors; and Series 462 architectural sliding windows. Elevate Series 400 commercial framing with a flush glazed sash was used so that large panels could allow natural light to shine into the communal living room.

Over 300 elevation electric chain winders from ASSA Abloy were also used in the project. Packers supplied and installed the windows and doors for the retirement village as well as the shower screens, mirrors and robes.

Image: Living Choice (Photographer: David Sievers Photography)