The creative use of advanced window and glazing systems from Capral Aluminium at the Walan Apartments in Brisbane has actively transformed the residents’ lives for the better.

Designed by Liam Proberts of bureau^proberts, the high-end residential apartments feature large, expansive window openings that admit generous quantities of natural light and also deliver an uninterrupted view of Brisbane City’s picturesque skyline. Capral’s windows and doors specified by the project’s architect cater for high wind design pressures, thermal performance and acoustic tolerances demanded by this building.

Capral systems installed at the Walan Apartments not only enhance the building’s appearance but also contribute to its energy efficiency. For instance, the innovative screens are designed to automatically slide across the windows at sunset, simultaneously blocking out the sun’s rays from the west while extending the usable living area of each residence by an extra 50–60 square metres during this time of the day.

The Schüco ASE 39PD panoramic sliding door – created specifically for this project – was originally designed as a panoramic sliding door similar to the Schüco ASS 39PD.NI. The custom ASE 39PD model is able to resist high-speed wind pressures and also has improved water resistance. The sliding doors facilitate seamless transition from inside to outside for all residents, meeting the Stiletto Code while maintaining a narrow interlock.

The architect has designed Walan Apartments to minimise or eliminate environmental impacts: the energy efficiency of both the Schüco ASE 39PD and AGS 900 series sliding doors ably complement the advanced performance glazing systems used throughout the building.

In addition to delivering high performance characteristics, the combination of Capral and Schüco window suites also contribute immensely to the building’s unique aesthetic profile. The external skin of Walan Apartments helps this landmark building blend perfectly with its complex surroundings, while also facilitating environmental awareness by incorporating a range of lush hanging gardens within each apartment’s structure.

Walan Apartments’ combination of boundary-pushing technology and class-leading luxury is an ideal showcase for Capral’s definitive product range. Featured products include Schüco ASE 39 PD.NI HD panoramic aluminium sliding doors; 900 high performance aluminium sliding doors; 225 Series aluminium hinged, pivot and sliding doors; 419 Flushline aluminium framing systems; 419 Flushline double glazed aluminium framing system; and Euro awning/ casement windows.

Photographer: Angus Martin