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Inspired by the Olympic torch and making visual reference to the Sydney Opera House, the 80-level Q1 apartment building soars high above the Gold Coast
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View of tall A1 apartment tower showing glass canopy and extensive glazing.

The design of this 80-level building not only offered challenges to the architects and engineers designing it, but also to many of the sub-contractors involved in the project.

G James Glass and Aluminium supplied all the curtain walls, the canopy glass and lobby glazing. It was also responsible for all the glazing throughout the interior and exterior of the building, including the windows and glass roof on the observation deck.


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Exterior view of tall A1 Tower apartment building with extensive glazing.

The company says one of the biggest challenges was in the design and manufacture of the frameless, vertical sliding windows, which are used throughout the building and open onto the balconies.

"The frameless appearance was part of the aesthetic of the architects' design. They also wanted tenants to be able to open windows onto balconies when conditions allowed."

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View of glass canopy covering entranceway of apartment building.

As the building slopes in at the top, the geometry of the window design changed, posing the company another set of challenges to overcome.

For more information, contact G James Glass and Aluminium, PO Box 1376, Eagle Farm BC, Qld 4009, phone (07) 3877 2855, fax (07) 3877 2296. Website: www.gjames.com.au.

Mar 24, 2006
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