Ivanhoe Grammar School, Victoria

Throughout 2013, this building went through an extensive redevelopment which resulted in a light-filled, dynamic space for the Creative Arts. It has a modern and light studio atmosphere and provides a gallery space for the display of student work and flexible teaching spaces.

Completed in 2014, the newly built Locksley art & music facility in the Ivanhoe Grammar School has a striking and functional foyer using 600mm wide anodised vertical fins over 5m high to protect the foyer from solar overheating and direct sun light.  As the foyer is largely unoccupied, a requirement for a fully automatic sun tracking system was designed, manufactured and installed by Colt with light, temperature, wind and rain sensors installed on the roof. This project is believed to be the first of its kind using an automatic sun tracking system in Victoria.

Internal view of ellisse fins close up of ellisse fins external view of ellisse fins In-house Soltronic software

Using the Colt in-house Soltronic software, the suns azimuth and building's coordinates are programmed into the sophisticated control panel.  As the sun passes over the building, the louvres move in direct correlation to the sun, providing the optimum solar shading angle at all times. On cloudy or rainy days, the fins automatically open to allow as much natural light into the building as possible.

Colt Soltronic is a micro-processor driven controller of moveable solar shading systems. Using sun tracking routines, the control unit calculates the exact position of the sun for any particular time or place and is programmed with data relating to the geometry of the louvre systems. It can use data from sensors to modify its routines. It is possible to connect up to 15 groups each with 15 actuators to the system (thus resulting in a total of 225 actuators).

Project details
  • Location: Ivanhoe, Victoria
  • Builder: S J Higgins
  • Architect: Baldasso Cortesse
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