A shining example of bespoke turnstile installation is a high-rise building in Sydney, Australia, which was designed by the Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architectural design studio. The first thing you might notice about the EY Centre is its attractive “golden” façade and sculpturesque quality, which help significantly in defining the overall look of the city skyline.
An excavation conducted on the site prior to the building's construction revealed a large number of artefacts from the Colonial and Victorian eras, which led the project developers to incorporate Sydney's historical heritage into the design itself. The reception and public space at the front of the building are decorated with a large-scale work of art by Judy Watson carved into sandstone, while the floors and panelling of the reception are also made of stone.
The architects, therefore, strived to ensure that the turnstiles at the entrance also featured stone cladding, and approached Czech manufacturer COMINFO for help, as this company is one of the few of its kind that is able to fulfil the rather unusual requirements that architects often come up with. "First we made wooden templates, which helped guide us in making the stone cladding. However, no one could tell us in advance what the weight of the individual panels would be, so it was rather difficult to design the internal structural support of the cabinet itself,” reveals Ing. Tomáš Gergela, a designer at COMINFO.
The stone was imported into Australia from Italy (where the stone which was used to line the reception desks came from) and was shaped and installed right there on the spot. The architects were also tasked with designing the upper sections of the EasyGate IM turnstiles, which were to be made of several narrower strips of stone, so that they would also correspond in shape to the lining of the adjoining counters. Together, the reception and turnstiles form a single artistic element in the entire space, reminiscent of a group of stone statues.
The solution incorporated a Schindler PORT access and lift destination control system so when visitor or staff enter the building they scan their card at the turnstile, which in turn directs them to the next available lift going to their specific floor whilst verifying they can access the building at that specific time.
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