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Estimated read time: 1 min Mar 18, 2024
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Aluroll were engaged by a client working on behalf of Foster and Partners (F&P) to develop a unique barrier system for the Apple Store in China

The Challenge

Aluroll were engaged by a client working on behalf of Foster and Partners (F&P) to develop a unique barrier system for the Apple Store in development at the Sands Cotai Casino in Macau, China.

Due to structural constraints and aesthetic requirements a standard roller shutter solution will not work. These requirements were set by the building’s landlord and without satisfying them the project would not be approved.

The Solution

Once the client had made their preferred shutter style choice (welded tube & link), Aluroll commissioned a second round of prototype tests which involved building a full-scale 9153mm x 5000mm prototype with removable 150mm guide channels.

Weight and barrel calculations from the smaller prototypes suggested a maximum tube and link roll diameter of 388mm, which was within the 400mm space. All three tube and link curtain design options were built to full scale and tested on the same barrel and guide channel framework.

Aluroll’s extensive research, design and testing stages ensured the final product met the unique requirements of the initial brief successfully. 

Aluroll visited site in Macau in December 2018 to survey site and confirm all dimensions for manufacture. 

Apple and F&P requested that Aluroll co-ordinate the installation via a local contractor (YK).

Read Dezeens take on the store opening here

Tube and Link Shutter

The Tube and Link security shutter provides a low to medium security solution for commercial applications up to 6m wide and 27m². Brick formation as standard, utilising 13mm diameter aluminium tubes enclosing 8mm steel rods. Vertical lattice links create 56mm high openings (lower/higher available on request), affording 75% transparency.

Brickbond formation as standard, utilising 13mm diameter aluminium tubes enclosing 8mm steel rods. Vertical lattice links create 56mm high openings (lower/higher available on request).

The Tube and Link shutter is typically electrically operated via a hard wired switch or remote control with appropriate safety features.

 

 

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