St Thomas the Apostle Primary School naturally ventilated with Breezway

St Thomas the Apostle Primary School naturally ventilated with Breezway

St Thomas the Apostle Primary School naturally ventilated with Breezway


St Thomas the Apostle Primary School is part of the new Parish of St Thomas the Apostle in Cranbourne. The site will also eventually house a new Church and Parish Facilities in future stages. The school community strives to be a place of prayer, service, thanksgiving and reconciliation.

All students and the school community enter the building under the special St Thomas Cross which has been designed into the central windows over the main school entrance. Metaphor and symbolism were incorporated into the design; in particular the main stairway was linked to the legend of St Mary; the leaning columns are expressions of ‘doubt’ – St Thomas was informally called “doubting Thomas” – while providing strong support, affirming belief.

The design aims to provide a learning environment that educates, challenges and engages. To facilitate this, spaces were designed with 21st Century collaborative teaching and learning in mind. Staff at the school were keen to move away from traditional cellular classroom design towards a flexible variety of linked Learning Spaces, with shared Learning Commons which allow for student circulation as well as break-out learning areas.

Breezway Louvre Windows have been strategically placed to bring natural light and fresh air into the learning environments to provide healthier, more comfortable spaces for teachers and students.

Architect: Brand Architects

Photographer: Andrew Wuttke – Wuttke Photography

Northside Christian College freshly ventilated with Breezway Louvre Windows

Northside Christian College freshly ventilated with Breezway Louvre Windows

Northside Christian College freshly ventilated with Breezway Louvre Windows


Northside Christian College is recognised as a leader in Education Innovation*. The Centre for Innovation and Creativity (CInC) caters for their award-winning Challenge Based learning program and houses individualised learning within an innovative interdisciplinary framework.

Like the pedagogy it houses, the building has evolved from a collaborative process with staff, and observations of student’s existing learning practices. The result are spaces which encourages community gatherings, informal and formal learning, honouring and displaying the student’s talents, and nurtures small to large group or individualised learning. The unique physical and pedagogical environment enables students to move throughout the three-storey building tailoring personalised interdisciplinary experiences in art, design, film, drama, dance and music. Breezway Louvre Windows have been incorporated into these spaces to help naturally ventilate the areas and stimulate learning.

The CInC prepares students with a tertiary-inspired state of the art facility, enabling personalised interdisciplinary experiences to ready students for the next phase of their lives and their roles as valuable members of the local and global community.


Architect: McLellan Bush
Instagram: @mclellanbush

Client: Northside Christian College
Instagram: @northsidechristiancollege

Photographer: Angus Martin
Tel: 0400 751 980
Instagram: @angusmartinphotog

EZONE Student Hub, Crawley Campus, UWA

EZONE Student Hub, Crawley Campus, UWA

EZONE Student Hub, Crawley Campus, UWA


The EZONE Student Hub of The University of Western Australia is considered a world-class learning space for engineering and mathematical science students. The building was designed by Hassell with assistance from engineering students and utilises the Breezway Altair® Powerlouvre™ System up high, in out-of-reach locations, to automatically open and close in conjunction with a Building Management System when conditions permit.

This new innovative and collaborative space is designed to transform the way students are educated, undertake research and engage with the community.

The project connects new and repurposed buildings, making a new Western Gateway into the heart of the Crawley campus. The high Gateway roof defines a shared pedestrian zone flanked by café and informal learning steps; a social heart for both the engineering and community.

Beautiful UWA planting runs into and up the building, blurring the traditional boundaries between inside and outside. A golden ‘veil’ envelops the building, excluding glare and heat with a unique design. The veil brings dappled light into the building and public spaces.

Adaptable, bright education spaces are designed for collaboration and interaction with students. The flexible workspaces can be changed to suit the purpose and conversation throughout the day. With the incorporation of Breezway Altair Louvre Windows, beautiful outdoor views can be enjoyed from the inside, whilst fresh cooling breezes can flow in from louvres when open to keep students comfortable in their learning environment. This helps enhance the student experience.

This engaging environment is a place for students and the industry to work together to shape global economies of the future.

Architect: Hassell
Tel: 08 6477 6000
Email: perth@​hassellstudio.​com

Client: The University of Western Australia

Maronite College of Holy Family using Breezway Louvre Windows

Maronite College of Holy Family using Breezway Louvre Windows

Maronite College of the Holy Family using Breezway Louvre Windows


This project’s design concept was completed by Leaf Architecture, with the view to enclose the school balconies and give the school the ability to have full use of the walkways between the classrooms. The team at Leaf Architecture also delivered the interior design and furniture selection services, while the final architectural design had collaborative efforts by CVD Commercial Glass and Aluminium Windows Pty Ltd and Meridian Construction Services.

Set to be manufactured and installed over the school holidays to have minimal impact on teachers and students, CVD Commercial Glass and Aluminium Windows was required to procure all materials prior to the end of year to ensure the deadline was met.

The curtain wall was manufactured by Capral Aluminium with Breezway Altair Louvre Windows installed using the Stronghold System with bright coloured backed glass and clear laminated viewing panels. By incorporating the Breezway Stronghold System into the design, this provided additional strength and safety where the louvre blades are mechanically held in place and retained using a pin system. This complies with Fall Prevention Standards. Blades can be opened to allow abundant fresh air into the building to naturally ventilate education spaces and keep children and teachers mentally stimulated.

The laminated glass installed was 10.38 clear laminated to meet Australian Standards and all colour backed glass was heat strengthened to ensure there was no potential for spontaneous combustion of toughened panels in the future.

CVD Commercial Glass and Aluminium Windows Pty Ltd has the ability to turn over large scale projects in the shortest periods of time due to their committed tradesmen and with the assistance of all suppliers.

This project was executed perfectly by Meridian Construction Services and CVD Commercial Glass and Aluminium completing the project on time for the restart of the school year.

Client – Howayek Providence Limited Trading as Maronite College of the Holy Family – Parramatta
Project Management – Impact Group
Fabricator – CVD Commercial Glass and Aluminium Windows
Builder – Meridian Construction Services
Architect – Leaf Architecture
Glass – Watson Glass
Powder coat – Dulux and AAF
Photography – West End Media

Renovated General Gordon Hotel with Breezway Powerlouvre Windows

Renovated General Gordon Hotel with Breezway Powerlouvre Windows

Renovated General Gordon Hotel with Breezway Powerlouvre Windows


The General Gordon Hotel was due for major renovations in 2018 and CVD Commercial Glass & Aluminium Windows were originally contracted to install the glazing until the hotel was burnt down by fire.

The scope of works had then changed and was in planning for over a year until it was agreed upon and approved by all involved.

CVD’s scope was to supply and install the Breezway Altair Powerlouvre™ System in an Alspec Airflo Louvre Frame with Viridian glass blades to high level windows including the Gaming Room’s frameless automatic doors, the Hotel Room’s shower screens and frameless entry doors.

This project had strict working conditions and the highest of safety measures all workers had to abide by. The Hotel is owned by the JDA Hotels Group and was set out to become an outstanding Pub which boosts the highest of quality internal finishes.

The new look of the General Gordon Hotel was designed by AVA Architects and includes several distinct spaces. The focal point is the new alfresco courtyard encompassing a sculptural pergola layered with greenery and protected from the elements.

The bright Bistro area is full of eclectic furniture and styling ideal for casual dining. It’s also connected to the revamped Sports Bar which echoes the old-style public bar with its terrazzo floor tiles and historic memorabilia covering the timber walls. There are also eight new accommodation rooms on the first floor.
Chris from CVD states “Both the front and back bars feature charred wood in memory of the 2018 fire and the original heritage façade has been refreshed and revived to its former glory.”

CVD is delighted to have been part of the construction team working alongside Rohrig where they have developed a strong working relationship spanning over five years.

Client: JDA Hotels
Architect: AVA Architects
Builder: Rohrig
Fabricator: CVD Commercial Glass & Aluminium Windows
Videography: West End Media