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Fabricator Bradnam's Windows & Doors NZ
Systems Baltic Flushglaze (Frontline), Baltic Curtain Wall, Highbrook Louvres
Industry Sector Commercial
Architect / Designer Williams Architects
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) - flying above the rest
There is good reason this project won the 2018 WGANZ Supreme Award – it exudes first class quality all the way. The MPI building is the largest addition to The Landing Business Park, near Auckland Airport. The building itself had to cater for 400 Auckland staff, so user occupancy and permanence were high on the checklist.
Bradnam’s were involved early on, at the design stage with the architect which was critical, as they were able to provide advice on structural support and various design features. The architect selected several façade elements – louvres, feature glass, Baltic Flushglaze in varying shapes and sizes from squares and rectangles right through to complex parallelogram & trapezoid shaped windows. The project’s façade success has to be shared with a number of contributing partners, but in particular Metro Performance Glass, who supplied the glass and stunning printed graphic glass.
The MPI building has been purpose built at the Landing Business Park, near Auckland International Airport. It is more than a standard Government Department building. Approximately, 400 Auckland staff had been working across three sites, relocated to the new MPI building.
The MPI building is the largest addition to the Airport’s. The Landing Business Park, which has over 100ha of landscaped property.
The benefits for moving and having a new building are:
The new building will create efficiencies and improve the customer experience. The Airport Company will only benefit from having the MPI’s, a key partner at The Landing, as theirs is a long term relationship.
Bradnam’s were involved in the design stage with the architect so the correct product could be specified to ensure the success of the project. Bradnam’s also advised where the structural support would be required to support the aluminium joinery.
The Architect has selected several façade elements that have aesthetic appeal. The design featured glass, window shape and the louvres; Highbrook Louvres enhance the appearance of commercial building that can otherwise be bland. Strong vertical rectangle louvres have been used along with Baltic Flushglaze down side of the building. Louvres look good and have the benefits of providing privacy, protection from the sun, rain and wind. Louvres may contribute towards energy efficient building design, acting as a sunshade to the exposed elements and noise from the Airport planes flying overhead.
Baltic Flushglaze is designed to accommodate for wide spans and afford greater flexibility for Architects. With the combo of seismic frame, structural glazing and express transom or mullion options, there is a significant number of design options. MPI windows are a mixture of parallelogram and trapezoid shapes which create a great feature to the side of the building. Energy efficient building is increasingly important for the occupants and owners. The 100mm and 150mm Flushglaze (Frontline) units provide versatile glazing platforms to accommodate a wide combination of double glazed units (increasingly thermal values).
The most technical element of the job was aligning the raking transoms to the pattern specified by the architect and pre ordering the white aluminium composite panels to the correct size and shape that were glazed into the exterior face and fitted flush with the inside face of the curtain wall.