Altair louvre windows from Breezway were installed at a student accommodation facility located in Chatswood, NSW to maximise natural light, ventilation and views for the residents.

A 396-bed student accommodation facility located adjacent to the Chatswood rail interchange, Iglu Chatswood was purpose built for student living. Designed by Bates Smart Architects, the facility comprises of two linear forms of 11 and 12 storeys separated to the north by a landscaped courtyard and linked to the south by a lower recessed volume with a roof terrace that enjoys excellent views of the Sydney CBD.

The accommodation consists of studios and cluster apartments that are accessed off glazed corridors, well-lit and well-ventilated thanks to Altair louvre windows installed in the lift lobbies.

A light filled double height space serves as a living room for the entire building community. The two lower levels of the building accommodate a range of indoor and outdoor communal spaces for residents to meet and socialise.

Basil Richardson, Associate Director of Bates Smart Architects explained that they were looking to maximise ventilation and views for each apartment at the Iglu student housing project in Chatswood. The architects found Breezway Altair louvre windows to be an ideal solution, as they effectively doubled the amount of free air that could be provided, while the frameless glass allowed for unimpeded views out of the building.