Theme Park Facade Installation for a Prominent New Attraction - Hong Kong

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JEB Custom Projects has recently completed a project for one of the world’s famous theme parks in Hong Kong.

The project involved designing, fabricating and installing a 3-level curved aluminum façade with large curved oval louvers, IGU glazing, curved canopy and an oversized aluminum logo for the new S.H.I.E.L.D attraction in the theme park. In addition, there is an impressive 7m cantilevered LED screen across the front of the façade.

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The challenging bespoke project is a major breakthrough as it is the first time for the JEB Custom Projects team to design the entire façade using Revit and BIM technology.

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Revealing Nature Installation: Land Reclamation Taken into Context

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the “City Dress-up Public Art Competition” was held to create public artworks that could enhance the quality of life across the territory. Dr. Sujata Govada, Egils Markus and Sujata’s team at UDP International were awarded to commission their art installation: “Revealing Nature” at the Central Harbourfront.

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In context with the site location and the history of land reclamation of the harbour, “Revealing Nature” portrays the paved surface being “peeled away” from the ground revealing the harbour below. The concept behind the installation is to increase public awareness of the impact of urban development, the reclamation on the environment and the loss of natural habitat. Although land reclamation has been long used to expand Hong Kong’s limited usable land supply, it has raised various environmental concerns and public outcry. Hence, the installation encourages the people of Hong Kong and its visitors to think about sustainable development and preservation of the natural environment.

JEB Custom Projects, (JCP) were appointed to help realize the design and transform the concept into reality. JCP was able to quickly provide a solution to UPD that didn’t compromise and was able to meet the exact design intent of the art piece. The wave was pre-fabricated off-site in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). In addition to replicating the exact shape required, its light-weight properties and self-supporting nature ensured it was a good fit for the project. A concrete foundation was created to secure the upper portion of the artwork to the ground. Finished off with digitally printed glazing which sits in the tray, it completes the art piece beautifully.

To ensure full structural support of the entire project and for safety purposes, the materials, the fixtures, and the concrete foundation were certified by a Registered Structural Engineer (RSE) as required by DevB. JCP was responsible for full design, fabrication, and installation of the art piece.

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The complexity of the artwork design and the sophisticated cantilever structure brings out a message to the industry that the sky is the limit in the field of architecture, urban design, and planning.

The project began in 2017 and was completed in October 2018. The installation will be on display at the Central Harbourfront until late 2019.

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QT Hotel Perth - A Continuum of Bespoke Solutions for QT Hotels

A Continuum of Bespoke Solutions for QT Hotels

Introducing a new hospitality experience in the heart of Western Australia, QT Perth has recently opened its doors in August 2018. Bringing industrial glamour to the vibrant landscape, it is QT's first property on the west coast. Featuring 18 levels and 184 stunning guest rooms, QT's signature bold concepts have been replicated in this Perth precinct. The rooms focus on lavish designs, from local jarrah timber, rich velvet textures, polished brass and black cockatoos.

Followed by the completion of the successful QT Melbourne project, once again JEB Custom Projects teamed up with Indyk Architects with the design intent based on chic European warehouses and cafes of the early twentieth century.  JEB Custom Projects team customized a system of panels and sliding doors that allow a seamless connection between the bedroom and the bathroom to accommodate the different room types. JEB took Indyk Architect’s concept design and designed a functional system for each individual room type.   Custom dies are made in the process to ensure the aesthetics of the steel look panels is achieved. 

The partitions featured in the rooms are built with fluted glass panels and aluminium profiles and also house power sockets and associated cabling which provides a complete solution. Serving as a wall and a sliding door for the bathroom, the frames had to be functional and lightweight. Using aluminium for the frames was the best solution since it could forge the look of steel, achieving an industrial yet contemporary outlook.

The aluminium profiles once assembled are welded together and then powder coated, allowing the colour to flow in the joints and gaps for a seamless panel.  For ease of delivery and installation each individual room type is packed in its own box, with associated custom hardware, and sent to site for simple hanging by the builder Built Constructions

The bespoke lighting design is another strong feature of the modern accent suites. It is a delicate mix to ensure enough privacy and also natural light flows into the bathrooms.  To provide the adequate amount of privacy for the bathroom the team ingeniously treated the glass by adding textures to the back side of the glass panels, this solution ensures the rooms remain well lit, private and exquisite.

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All featured images by Dion Robeson

Image courtesy of QT Perth

Dynamic Wave Illuminates Morpheus Hotel

A sensational entry statement by JEB Custom Projects

Morpheus Hotel in Macau recently opened its doors in June 2018. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the one of a kind sculptural design is inspired by the forms of traditional Chinese jade carving techniques. Wrapped in an aluminum exoskeleton, the tower unveils a futuristic and distinctive outlook.

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JEB Custom Projects were appointed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment to design, fabricate and install the prominent interior feature in the lobbies of both north and south towers on the 40th floor, which houses the premium suites and rooftop pool. This needed to be an eye-catching feature as it is the first attraction that will be encountered by the special clienteles as they make their way to their suites.

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The 3.7-meter high custom feature consists of stainless steel rods with integrated LEDs that illustrates the required striking statement at the entrances of the suites level. The team used stainless steel rods with a black mirror PVD finish to create a sense of depth to the installation.

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To create the wave configuration, a rod thickening was applied and was laser cut to open up the required portion to achieve the sensuous aesthetics of the design. The use of matte black paint within the recess of the thickening of the rods help generate more of a contrast, making the wave pattern come to life.

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A Glacial Front

Ports 1961 unveils a modern new look by JEB Custom Projects

Forty years since Ports opened its first international boutique, the luxury fashion brand has officially established itself as a modern, covetable label, with two stunning new flagship stores in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The latest store on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui is a remarkable example of contemporary, sleek architecture, with a façade that offers a subtle nod to the brand’s Canadian heritage, while oozing sophistication and style. Even with strong competition from leading luxury brands along the upscale shopping street, Ports’ newest flagship is undoubtedly the cool kid on the block.

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Canadian architecture firm UUfie conceptualised the label’s new image, inspired by an iceberg floating in the ocean. The evolution of the iceberg concept drove the local design & delivery team of eightsixthree and JEB Custom Projects to create a stunning façade of softly radiating, angled glass cubes. These glass blocks, evoking giant candlelit ice cubes, are capped on one side by satin stainless steel which cleverly changes the façade’s appearance when viewed from different angles. London based lighting consultants, Inverse Lighting, supported the local team to create the nonuniform illumination needed to meet the brief, using two RGB bulbs per glass block.

The beauty and sleek elegance of the façade belies the complex structural components that were required to execute this unprecedented design. Tackling the challenge of a three-dimensional, diaphanous façade on a decrepit building, the team had to reconcile the conflicts of design concept & reality. As Nick Hinton, who helms the JEB Custom Projects team described; “you don’t understand the convolutions in the design until you do a 1:1 mock-up”.

A scrupulous design development and prototyping phase tested multiple iterations of blocks and sub-frames for an appropriate balance of depth, translucence and structural rigor. An inventive and fully concealed zigzag support structure, which JEB Custom Projects is particularly proud of, evolved to buttress the glass blocks and combat gravitational force.

The imaginative solution for the three-dimensional glass cubes involved two blocks cut on a 45-degree angle and fused together with UV glue. The blocks are irregular in thickness & size which generated the perfect ice cube effect, but challenged the fabrication team to produce consistent, rigid modules. A savvy example of innovative design that optimises cost, fabrication and installation, the façade was able to be entirely manufactured off-site in modules using no wet components and inserted into place efficiently over five nights.

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This ground-breaking project is a testament to the demiurgic and meticulous design & delivery team of eightsixthree and JEB Custom Projects. Tracey Stoute, Founder of eightsixthree described working with JEB Custom Projects as very positive and credits them with making an intricate design appear simple. The entire project team worked together seamlessly, delivering a project everyone involved is extremely proud of.

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JCP Facade System Installation – IFC Apple Store

IFC Apple Renovation – Apple expanded its floor space and took a third floor above its existing 2 floors at IFC, HK.

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JEB Custom Projects were engaged to develop the existing concept drawings into construction drawings, demolish the existing louver panels and walling systems, fabricate all steels and aluminium extrusions and louvers and install the 5 pieces of glass as large as 40mm thick, 9m long and 3m wide.

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The project posed interesting logistic challenges lifting such large pieces of glazing into place on an existing structure 3 levels up.

New Attraction, New Approach – Innovation For An Amusement Park Facade Installation

JEB Group’s “Custom Projects Division” specialises in bespoke fabrications and high-performance façade installations. Over the past 5 years completing numerous interesting and challenging retail and public space projects . The latest project required a new approach to a new custom façade at a well-known theme park in Asia Pacific.

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The project requires detailed design, fabrication and installation of a 3-level curved aluminum façade including large blade louvers, glazing and logo. It was a requirement from the client that Revit be used for the entire drawing package, including the BD submission.

This was a first for JEB Custom Projects and has only occurred on a handful of occasions in HK.

“This was a very challenging design process for our design and structures team. There is always pressure to deliver within tight timeframes however the real challenge here was the level of detail that Revit will forces you into” said Nicholas Hinton, JEB Custom Projects Director.

“As opposed to delivering normal 2D drawing packages, the detail required for Revit to work seamlessly with other components of the building works package requires a huge amount of coordination upfront. Typically the coordination between building components will happen throughout the course of the project life cycle. This process forced us to think deeply about every detail and junction.”

“I really think Revit is the way forward, this process was very arduous however the project is now setup for a seamless execution, all shop and fabrication drawings can be pulled from the model and everything should be mm perfect!”

The project is due to be completed in mid-2018

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Custom Pivot Partitions For Lend Lease, Australia

Although JEB is celebrating our launch of our first Australian showroom in Sydney, Australia, we have been working with the Australian market for six years. We’re honoured to have been invited to work with some of the top architects and designers on the most exciting new builds in the country. One of our most recently completed projects, the new head offices for Lend Lease, featured a custom JEB Partition that pushed our engineering and problem-solving skills to create a product that lived up to the robust and inspired brief by Dave Whittaker from Hassel.

Dave Whittaker is the imaginative architect behind the previous Lend Lease head offices, completed in 2005. Timber pivot doors were the key feature in that design, and both the client and designer wanted to evolve this concept for their upcoming Barangaroo address. This brand new harborside business district in Sydney’s CBD showcases 3 large towers, each boasting new office working models, innovative designs and integrated technology. The Barangaroo site demanded that the interiors of the new Lend Lease space also push boundaries to match the modern location.

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As a response to this, boardrooms were to be situated around the the perimeter of the building to take advantage of the 360-degree views. Two parallel walls and two semi-circular areas define the tower floor plan. To preserve the view and light to the interior work areas, yet offer optional privacy to the meeting spaces, each of the rooms needed to be enclosed with glazed partitions made of switchable glass that provided a high level of noise reduction. Most importantly, these partitions needed to pivot, rather than being constructed from your typical fixed window and door scenario so that the users could open up the space when no meeting was in session to tie the spirit of the previous office in conceptually. This brief was presented to the JEB team through a series of renders and verbal briefs. With no precedent for exactly how this would work and no formal plans, JEB’s Custom Projects’ team needed to engineer a solution that featured automatic, switchable glass partitions and a high acoustic rating – no small challenge.

Tolerances were another major issue with such dynamic elements, especially as the partitions were to be prefabricated and shipped from Beijing and needed to allow for adjustments on site plus any variance between the plans and installation realities. JEB worked with a fantastic builder, Cubic, who coordinated structural requirements in unison with the development of the door system. Cubic was a huge support in the design and development process, problem-solving issues such as seals and closure and opening requirements, (among other things) alongside JEB.

The most complex of all the obstacles was the issue of sound privacy for the meeting rooms, which was a non-negotiable feature. In order to block sound on a pivoting door, door seals needed to be created for all four sides: mechanically operated seals on top and bottom of each panel, interlocking seals on vertical edges. Sliding doors only require the side seals as the track can be developed to contain a sound barrier in the floor and ceiling cavities. Typically, a door’s acoustic properties can be improved with increasing the glazing from single to double, but with the panels already being so large and heavy, this wasn’t an option. To overcome this, JEB spent a lot of effort sourcing a specialty acoustic glass and arranged for a special lab test to be conducted by an acoustic lab in Hong Kong. JEB invited the client, Lend Lease JEB’s headquarters to witness the test firsthand not only to give the clients surety in the result but to invest in the relationship.

Ultimately, the highly challenging brief and incredible vision for the space came together with a stunning result. The space is incredibly unique, and the focus is on the modern, waterfront location and the client’s internal culture and history. The complex intricacies of the mechanics, acoustics, functionality and safety are invisible when appreciating the space, which is absolutely our highest achievement with this project. The beauty of the partitions contributes quietly to the incredible success of the overall design, which is the best possible outcome.

During development of the 3m x 1.5m glass panels, both practical and technical challenges arose. Layout and safety were concerns due to the pivots, and acoustic mechanisms, glass functionality and locking devices also had to be solved. Over the span of 7 months, monthly face-to-face meetings with an international team, led by Tim Burndred, and Dave Whittaker were held and countless 3D printed models were made, tested, improved and reprinted.

To deal with the weight, as well as keeping the open doors from protruding into the central area or boardrooms too much, the pivot needed to be placed in the centre of the panel, rotating around a central axis. The edges of the partitions then needed to be modified to ensure the smooth closure of the swinging edge, to which JEB proposed interlocking “L” shaped frames. These pivots operate mechanically (rather than manually), so another practical concern was the safety of people or objects that might be within proximity of the door while in motion. Speed was the first concern, so testing helped determine a reasonable pace where the door was fast enough to be efficient but slow enough not to crush an intrusion with its momentum due to the weight. Once this was perfected, the team experimented with both hard and soft close options. Safe, logistically sound partitions were only the beginning of the brief, however.

Considering the high value of each panel, the switchable glass had to be treated with extra care to safeguard against the client or supplier or builder having to replace any of the panels at any stage of the design, installation or lifespan of the building. To ensure the client’s trust in the door and hedge against the risk of replacement, the glass, which is actually two fused pieces of glass sandwiching electric mechanisms that control the opaque and transparent appearance, were sealed on all the edges. This extra step is unheard of on smaller panels; it is well above the standard. However, the seal protected the switchable mechanisms to prevent costly damage.

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JEB 3D Printers

A key part of the new JEB International headquarters in Hong Kong, is our design workshop, which is the centerpiece of our new office. Visible through glazed partitions, all staff can look on as mock-ups are created in real time. Housed in the design workshop, are drill presses, bench saws and testing apparatuses. We have also purchased two state-of-the-art 3D printers. Up till the installation of these printers, 3D printing had not been a technology that we used as a part of our design process.

After more than a year since moving into our new office, we can now highlight key areas where the 3D printers have enhanced our design and development of acoustic glazed partitions and doors.

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Speed

The design of aluminum and glass partitions normally starts with aluminum profiles. In the past, our industrial design team would come up with new concepts, we would review and improve them through drawings, and then decide whether to green light the cutting of a new die and the extrusion of a sample. This design and testing process would take up to 8-10 weeks for a single extrusion. Utilizing our 3D printers, not only has the cost of producing die cuts and extrusions been eliminated, but the speed to print out a concept can now be done in nearly real time. In the best cases, we can have a 3D printed sample on our desks and ready for review within 24-48 hours.

Form & Function

Not only can we eliminate the cost and time of extruding aluminum samples, we can actually build models made up of multiple extrusions to see how different components of the system can work together. For example, we can see how brackets and stakes work with flutes, how door leaf profiles interact with doorframes and how various gaskets and seals work with alternating thicknesses of glass.

This has allowed us to push our design processes even further. Rather than shelfing an idea that we weren’t too sure about investing in, we can physically see what is limiting the design, and thus, decide how to improve it before moving on.

This opens up avenues of opportunity that we have not ventured down before.

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Customization

JEB has continually offered clients the ability to customize products to their specifications; our goal has always been to make every detail as perfect as possible. Nowadays, it is quite rare that a major project built by JEB, anywhere in the world, doesn’t involve some level of customization. Not only do we get the opportunity to review and improve our designs firsthand, the architects and designers that work with JEB also get a chance to physically inspect the prototypes just days after the initial brief. This not only serves to benefit each individual project by helping to work out details specific to each project, but this also helps the bigger picture, by allowing JEB to drive its R&D initiatives further than they have ever gone before.

Testament

A true testament to how the design workshop and 3D printers at our new international headquarters have improved our business has been the release of two new products which were launched in recent months:

SUMMIT, a thin, double-glazed partition system which has been developed for simple and efficient installations; and BROOKLYN, an innovative and contemporary version of steel framed windows. Both systems have experienced immediate success worldwide.

QT Hotel Melbourne

A Bespoke Solution For Melbourne’s Ultimate Hotel Experience

QT Hotels are the ultimate boutique stayover experience. Their newest location, QT Melbourne, is “perfectly groomed and immaculately accessorised”, it “shimmers within the high-end fashion district of Australia’s most creatively charged city”. (qthotelsandresorts.com/melbourne/) Guests find that play, discovery, modernity, fascination and surprise are complementary, and for non-guests, Melbourne is be all the more enviably glamorous for it. However, this luxury project wasn’t as effortless as its mantra of “…Dress up and play”. Genius design headed up by Shelley Indyk of Indyk Architects and thoughtful collaborative planning made this project a reality, and JEB couldn’t be more proud to be part of the process and the result.

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A main feature in the 197 stunning suites are bathrooms walls constructed of opaque, textured glass panels in industrial metal frames, rather than a traditional gypsum wall with tiled surfaces. These partitions glow under the striking light fixtures and ground the overall room’s design. The JEB Custom Projects team developed a bespoke solution with Indyk that references European warehouses and cafes of the early twentieth century. The original brief was to replicate this strong aesthetic in steel, however, as the partition was to be used both as a wall and door, designed to look like one surface, weight was a serious issue. To bring this project in on time and within budget, as well as to promote the rolling capabilities, JEB felt that aluminium was the best choice. The aluminium variation is about half the weight of a steel counterpart and allowed JEB to provide an extended warranty for the product, as the partitions won’t be strained with extended use.

In order to substitute the metals, we needed to ensure our aluminum partitions convincingly looked like steel in the detailing, so we modified several aspects of our typical manufacturing process to achieve this. In the steel originals, the frames were a result of necessity; the glass panel sizes were restricted due to manufacturing abilities at the time. Bold looking frames weren’t an aesthetic choice, but a functional one, holding in the small panes of glass. To replicate the details that convince the eye of the nostalgia, we welded all the joints, which certainly is not necessary with this material but would achieve the forged steel look. We also increased the corner radius of the frames from 0.5mm to 2mm to give the worn-in sentiment. Another incident where we flipped our typical procedure was when considering the colour and texture. Old steel windows and doors have a mottled, rough colour quality, yet our aluminium is very smooth and sleek. To match this detailing, the frames were manufactured and welded first and then received a powder coating, letting the colour get in all the joints and gaps, emulating the raw originals.