Altair Louvre Windows incorporated into a block of units in FNQ

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1 August 2013
Altair Louvre Windows incorporated into a block of units in FNQ
Altair Louvre Windows incorporated into a block of units in FNQ.

Studio Mango was approached by their clients to design and manage the construction of four spacious and airy ‘units’ on a property in North Cairns.

The resulting development retains the original parts of the existing Queenslander, relocating it on site and transforming it with select use of steel to provide a large open plan living space with required car parking underneath.

Two new double storey residences have been added onto the site while an existing shed became the fourth dwelling.

Each building is detached, allowing air to flow throughout the site and gardens in between. Their positioning helps with privacy to each unit - an advantage their clients saw as beneficial when considering resale in the future.

The two new dwellings have been designed with a modern, aesthetic approach to the renovated Queenslander. Bedrooms are located downstairs to make use of the shaded thermal mass of slab to keep the areas cool with clever landscaping to ensure privacy is maintained.

The living areas are upstairs to make the most of cooling breezes, with raking ceilings and high level venting. Altair Louvre Windows have been included in the design to assist with capturing these cooling breezes and to provide natural ventilation during the steamy rain season.

As each residence acquires its own identity and place, the completed project is a successful tropical interpretation of the unit/townhouse typology.

Architect: Nicole Ewing, Studio Mango, 07 4041 1394,

Photographer: Robert Gesink, 07 4055 1022,


Breezway manufactures Altair Louvre Windows in glass, timber and aluminium. They are energy and cyclone rated and suitable for multi-storey applications.

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