MAGNUM 618 cavity sliding doors were used by building designer Peter Searle to meet space challenges on a twin townhouse project in Melbourne’s CBD.

Modern inner-city housing presents diverse challenges for building designers and architects, especially when they have to create beautiful living spaces in crowded areas such as Fitzroy, just two minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Peter Searle was presented with a brief to build two townhouses on a tiny 264m² site with room for garaging four cars.

Key challenges included maximising space in the small townhouses, buffering noise, creating thermal efficiency and ensuring privacy for indoor/ outdoor entertaining areas on the ground and first floors.

MAGNUM 618 cavity sliding doors from the Vantage Series 618 aluminium joinery range were selected for the project for their extreme suitability to the space challenges. The sliding doors are concealable, stackable doors purposefully designed to allow up to four sliding panels to stack neatly into a cavity, creating a dramatic wide opening and allowing the space to extend.

MAGNUM 618 cavity sliding doors can be installed seamlessly without issues relating to drainage or noise. Acoustic and thermal considerations were solved with double glazing, while a cleverly placed roof window enhanced ventilation.

The townhouse project has resulted in an award-winning dual occupancy dwelling, which has maximised the opportunity presented by the site while being respectful of the surrounding structures and sensitive interfaces.

The Vantage Series 618 aluminium joinery range is available from Architectural Window Systems .