Kennovations Product Design and Engineering was responsible for the
commissioning of a new operable glass roof system atop a terrace apartment in
The recent installation of a Skymech operable glass roof system at the
top of a 10-storey apartment block in Potts Point facilitates panoramic views
of the Sydney CBD, Centrepoint Tower, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour
Bridge. An internal stairwell sealed by an operable glass hatch allows the owners
and visitors to easily access the roof.
The client chose the stylish roof to meet architectural and aesthetic
requirements that would match the landscape and setting of the courtyard while creating
an area for leisure and entertainment.
Property owner, Toni Johnston explains that the glass hatch brings in
natural light to the apartment, while also allowing easy access to the garden without
any need to climb the fire-escape.
The 203sqm apartment has been put onto the property market for auction
managed by Jane Schumann and Gary Sands at DiJones Real Estate.
Excellence in design and
Key features of the glass roof system include moving panel assembly
constructed of high quality marine grade stainless steel delivering both
durability and corrosion resistance; and purpose-designed toughened laminated
glass supplied by Viridian set on a painted structural steel sub-frame that
opens and closes using two electric and mechanical actuators by Linak.
Since the apartment was situated at a height and was in close proximity
to the coast, the glass roof was engineered to withstand high wind speeds and
the materials were selected based on their capacity to survive Australia’s
harsh environmental conditions.
Kennovations designed, constructed and commissioned the roof onsite at
their facility in Artarmon. The installation process involved a crane lifting
the preassembled roof approximately 30 metres high from a narrow alley onto the
First released in 2013 for a similar installation in Tamarama, Sydney, the
Skymech hinged glass roof system allows easy rooftop access at the push of a
button. A key feature in both settings was the multipurpose capacity of the
product to function as a low profile access solution, a skylight, and an
effective mode of ventilation.