Right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, the Crowne Plaza Adelaide hotel is a landmark presence in the City of Churches. Construction of the $150-million luxury residential apartment complex consisted of two towers: the 15-level, 308-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, and a 14-level luxury residential apartment tower, known as ‘20 Hindmarsh Square’. The large glazing contract for this impressive project was won by Adelaide based Elevate™ Aluminium Systems fabricator, T.C. Aluminium.
The project architects, Pruszinski, designed the building to incorporate very wide openings. Broad opening spans create a welcoming sense of connection with the bustling city surrounds and views, but they also present challenges from a glazing perspective, as they require systems capable of spanning large distances and supporting high loads.
Elevate™ Aluminium Systems are designed to deliver excellent strength and functionality. In particular, the Series 411 Bi-fold is top-hung to ensure smooth operation with heavy glazing over substantial spans. Similarly, the Series 702 SlideMASTER ™ doors used throughout the accommodation areas of the building are capable of achieving large panel sizes even when subject to the high wind-load pressures you would expect in elevated applications.
As a result of the bi-fold system, and through the use of a 10 leaf, 6+4 system, T.C. Aluminium was able to exceed all required ratings for the 15th-storey application.