Techne Architects had a definite theme in mind for this project when they briefed WOW Architectural for steel windows and doors. They wanted flexibility to operate within all seasons of Melbourne weather, to maximise internal natural light, and at the same time, they must maintain the Victorian heritage values of the building. All this on a tight budget.

WOW utilised a range of window types to address these challenges, including a combination of operable sash movements, louvers and fixed glazing. We integrated fixed bench seating into the shopfront glazing in order to promote street activation and to capitalise on the operable facade during warmer seasons. It features a side lane facade of Green Tea coloured steel louvers and a counterweighted steel window frame that lifts up and engages the new cafe with the streetscape.

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