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Orange Regional Gallery artfully eliminates weather extremes with energy-saving revolving door

Boon Edam Australia 4 mins read
Beautiful Orange and its Regional Art gallery respond to the changing seasons. Temperatures can drop below zero in July, and exceed 30 in January.

One of Australia’s leading regional art galleries, the Orange Regional Gallery, has solved two problems with the one installation of a classic 2.4m Boon Edam Tourniket revolving door at its main entrance.


The striking black-frame 2.4m diameter door – installed as part of the gallery’s $5 million upgrade to serve the local community and booming tourist traffic – incorporates the same “always open, always closed” weather protection and energy conservation functionality as identical Boon Edam doors designs installed in some of the world’s leading galleries and visitor hot spots.


“We wanted to be welcoming and comfortable to both tourists and the local community, particularly older people, those with disability, and parents with young children,” said Gallery Services Coordinator, Claire Buchanan. “Orange can be extremely hot in summer and very cold in winter, below freezing.”


“Our architect for the upgrade – Sam Marshall from Architect Marshall in Sydney – helped us by specifying the Tourniket door to replace the previous sliding doors which cold winds whipped through during winter, and which were open to the stifling heat in summer,” she said.


“Not only did the new entrance get rid of the discomfort of the previous entrances, which blew hot or cold depending on the time of the year, but also it has taken the pressure off the HVAC system, which had to work hard to replace losses of heated or cooled air.”


“We have found it to be easy to operate and very reliable in service,” she said of the striking black framed Tourniket door selected for the Orange extension, which is identical in design to Boon Edam entrances used in major cultural centres worldwide. These include the entrances to internationally famous facilities extending from Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark to multiple image and comfort-conscious galleries worldwide, including the Mauritshuis in the Netherlands, home to works of Rembrandt and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.


A welcoming entrance


Boon Edam Australia Managing Director Michael Fisher says, “In addition to being a statement of style, revolving doors provide very strong facilities management benefits, including comfortable exclusion of exterior noise, exclusions of unhealthy exterior allergens, and exclusions of extremes of exterior heat, cold or wind.”


Fisher says the automatic, energy-saving Tourniket selected for the Orange extension is particularly appropriate for the welcoming, open plan gallery, which greets visitors with a wide range of contemporary artworks and travelling exhibitions. The spacious gallery hosts works extending from the gritty but beautiful reality of the aftermath to bushfires on the Central Coast in 2009, through to Brett Whiteley’s peaceful and dreamlike rendition of a yellow willow.


Because of their “always open, always closed” operating principle, they are ideal for public facilities such as the Orange gallery, offering a hushed and peaceful ambience as soon as visitors step inside. This is invaluable in a beautiful area such as Orange, which features a widely varying climate, from hot to icy cool, as do many inland centres of Australia,” says Fisher.


“When visitors step across the threshold, they enter a serene, relaxing, and comfortable environment that is both welcoming and highly energy efficient, which is critical in these times of rapid energy price increases.”


The expansion of the gallery extends the existing facility by 1070 sq m, incorporating a new gallery exhibition space, new storage and conservation areas, and a theatrette.


Boon Edam architectural revolving door entrances – often combined with complementary security speed gates for crowd management – are used throughout Australasia for public facilities ranging from the Rialto retail and commercial centre in Melbourne to banks, telecommunications and data centres, and hospitality, health educational and tourist facilities concerned about controlled access and sustainability.


Orange Regional Gallery


The Gallery’s beginnings go back to the establishment of the Orange Festival of Arts in the late 1960’s which brought bi-annual visual arts events to the Central West. This evolved into a community feeling that a permanent venue for these programs was needed. The construction of the Orange Civic Theatre in 1976 provided space in the foyer for small exhibitions. The Orange Civic Theatre Gallery was Directed by Jane Raffin.


The Council resolved in 1983 to build the current Gallery and Library complex after Mary Turner provided the tipping point by donating 34 significant twentieth Century Australian paintings to the city in 1982.


New South Wales Government Project Architect Colin Still designed the Orange Regional Gallery which was opened on 19 April 1986. The building was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects New South Wales Chapter’s Sir John Sulman Medal for a Building of Outstanding Merit.


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With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, smart, safe entry has become the centre of activity in and around many buildings. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 150 years of experience in engineering quality, we have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings. We are focussed on providing an optimal, sustainable experience for our clients and their clients. By working together with you, our client, we help determine the exact requirements for the entry point in and around your building.

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