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New "FV - Flatiron" residential building in Fortitude Valley, QLD

Residents benefit from Alspec’s high end acoustic framing, windows and doors

The iconic new "FV - Flatiron" residential building in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will provide residents with a quiet sanctuary, thanks to the incorporation of Alspec’s high end acoustic framing, windows and doors.

While paying homage to the shape of New York’s famous Flatiron building, the new GurnerTM development boasts the latest in glazing and framing technology, undreamt of at the time its 100 year old namesake was constructed.

Due for completion in late 2017, Brisbane’s FV - Flatiron and neighbouring FV - Valley House buildings are the first two of three being built on the development site in vibrant Fortitude Valley. Known for its lively nightlife and entertainment venues, acoustic considerations were forefront for the developer to ensure the building was attractive to potential residents.

The exterior facades of the 30-storey buildings feature nearly 17,000 m2 of glazing, incorporating two key Alspec products – Hunter Evo 150 mm Double Flush Glazed Framing and ProGlide High Performance Sliding Doors.  These two high-end commercial products both incorporate double glazed glass which will be the key to ensuring new residents are able to enjoy their urban location regardless of any exterior noise.

The building’s unique curved exterior also required the casting of more than 20 project-specific extrusion “dies”, the special tools used to shape aluminium into the required framing profile, demonstrating the versatility of the Hunter Evo 150 product in particular.

In the commercial precinct of the development at podium level several of Alspec’s high performance framing products were selected for their ability to accommodate a diverse range of glazing types and to contribute to the energy efficiency of the building.  The Hawkesbury Commercial Multi Fold door, with its ability to span large floor-to-ceiling heights, was the obvious choice for these areas. In addition it has the flexibility to be able to accommodate the demands of different commercial premises. The Swan Evo 45mm Double Glazed Commercial Door is utilised for shopfronts requiring hinged, pivot or sliding options, and works well with the McArthur 101.6 mm and 150 mm Centre Pocket Framing products which are equally flexible.

On the residential levels, the Altitude Apartment Sliding door will provide residents with not only a high performance product, but a pleasing aesthetic and stylish finish to their homes.

Two of Alspec’s more sophisticated products, ecoFRAMEplus and ecoWALL , were utilised for their unique attributes. EcoFRAMEplus 101.6 mm Centre Pocket Double Glazed Framing is not only energy efficient but incorporates heavy duty mullions which enable windows to span distances of up to 4 m. The ecoWALL 225 Flush Glazed Framing is desired for commercial foyers, showrooms and high-end residential spaces as it can eliminate the need for expensive steel framing in some situations.

With the first two towers of the development set for completion late 2017, and the third tower in 2019, residents and businesses can look forward to enjoying a light-filled, acoustically protected, iconic building in the heart of Brisbane, thanks to Alspec’s comprehensive range of door and framing solutions.

Developer: GurnerTM
Builder: Brookfield Multiplex
Architect: Elenberg Fraser
Alspec Fabricator: Queensland Façade Systems
Powdercoat Finish: Interpon Ultriva Ebony Matt (YN201A)

Alspec Products Used:
Hunter Evo 150mm Double Flush Glazed Framing
ProGlide® High Performance Sliding Door
Altitude® Apartment Sliding Door
McArthur 101.6mm Centre Pocket Framing
ecoFRAMEplus 101.6mm Centre Pocket Double Glazed Framing
Hunter Evo 101.6mm Double Flush Glazed Framing
Hunter Evo 150mm Acoustic Framing
ecoWALL 225