ThermalHEART technology from Architectural Window Systems has been incorporated into an architecturally designed bush cabin to address cold winters as well as the bushfire risk in summer.

Situated on a 12-hectare property, this modern-day bush cabin was designed by De Atelier Architects to provide a comfortable home away from home for the owners. The architects stayed true to the rural and native forest setting while designing a holiday retreat from the city. However, the design challenges the concept of a traditional bush cabin and explores the idea of a modern facility.

To maximise the spectacular views of Mount Buffalo and the surrounding forest, the architects chose wide windows to showcase the native trees. Natural anodised window frames perfectly accentuate the views in this home, transforming every framed view into a beautiful artwork.

Given that the location was cold in winter and presented a bushfire risk in summer, the windows and doors of the bush cabin needed to comply with a stringent brief. ThermalHEART from AWS was chosen by fabricators DLG Aluminium & Glazing Pty Ltd for its proven thermal technology as well as its BAL-40 rating.

ThermalHEART technology, a thermal break between the outside and inside faces, features in the Series 731 thermally broken sliding door. WERS (Window Energy Rating System) data shows that using the same IGU in a ThermalHEART sliding door is 32% more efficient than a standard non-thermally broken sliding door. This feature was very attractive to the owners who wanted a more thermally efficient way of living.

The project also featured Series 726 thermally broken awning frames, which reduced internal condensation in cold weather; and double glazing with Low-E glass from Viridian Glass for all the windows and doors.

The entry area can be shut off, with two large sliding doors responding to both the transient nature of the accommodation, and also providing improved protection during a bushfire threat.

Image: The bush cabin (Photographer: Simon Dallinger Photography)