Automated louvre windows from Safetyline Jalousie were specified for the redeveloped Glen Street Theatre in Belrose, NSW to facilitate natural ventilation while keeping insects out of the building.

The Glen Street Theatre is a thriving cultural hub for the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Designed by architecture firm Mark Hurcum Design Practice, the Glen Street Theatre redevelopment project included the replacement of an ageing library with a new state-of-the-art library.

The normal practice in any public space is to incorporate fixed windows to accommodate air-conditioning and protect against insects entering the theatre space. However, keen to achieve natural ventilation while eliminating the problem of insects being attracted to the bright lights of the theatre, the architect specified Safetyline Jalousie’s automated louvre windows with internal insect screens combined with a large fan after a lengthy analysis of louvre window options.

The design featured a series of vertical steel blades that required windows with a width of around 1400mm between them to achieve the desired aesthetic. Safetyline Jalousie was the only louvre window option available that could fulfil the requirement. The width, along with the unique horizontal bars complemented the overall design.

The extra width span also meant that the project required fewer banks of windows, further reducing the need for electrical components including actuators, motors and controllers, making the entire project very affordable.

Safetyline Jalousie supplied four banks of louvre windows, each with 21 blades and a width range of 1350mm – 1400mm. The louvre windows were supplied in a clear anodised frame finish with 6mm clear toughened glass louvres.