It’s not every day you’re invited to be involved in the construction of a brand new church.
So when Momcilo Romic of Romic Planning contacted Versalite to gauge our interest in supplying the windows for the new Serbian Orthodox Church being built in Liverpool, Sydney, we jumped at the opportunity.
The grandiose design for the church is in keeping with the traditional aesthetic of a Serbian Orthodox church, which meant beautiful arch windows were on the shopping list. When Romic’s usual window manufacturer was unable to supply the windows to meet their vision, they approached us at Versalite.
The type of window they sought – a single pane arch window – is a surprisingly niche product, but it’s one that we have been producing since Versalite’s inception.
The designer sent us the design concepts, replete with enormous arched windows, and we were truly astonished by the grandiose design. Though it looked like an incredible feat, the concept was really spectacular and was one we were truly excited to work on. More than anything, we here at Versalite love a good challenge.
There was an enormous amount of discussion and planning as to exactly how we’d make the design work. While arch windows are something Versalite has been doing for a long time, we had never worked on a project of this magnitude.
Many designs and subsequent revisions were sent to the architect and construction company in Sydney for revision, as the exact shape and dimensions required were incredibly specific. Because the church would be built using a tilt slab-style method of construction, we were working with absolutely no margin for error. Everything needed to be millimetre perfect – never has the phrase ‘measure twice, cut once’ been more relevant.
As with all Versalite windows, the ones supplied to the church met our rigorous quality control benchmarks. This means everything supplied met WERs and NATA guidelines, which translates to a very energy conscious and environmentally conscious church.
Though the church is still under construction, it’s already a marvel of a building. We can’t wait to see the finished product, as we’re sure it’s going to be spectacular.
The site of the church construction is on Flowerdale road, Liverpool, for the Serbian Orthodox Church of Australia and New Zealand.
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