Leading edge products from Stormtech have provided a customisable, elegant drainage solution at Bondi’s newest luxury development, Pacific Bondi.
Characterised by a ‘natural luxury’ aesthetic, the Pacific Bondi is designed to push the boundaries of high end living, combining 112 designer residential apartments including 19 penthouses, a boutique hotel offering 69 apartments, and premium retail sites for stores, restaurants and bars, all positioned around a six-level atrium.
When specifying grated drainage solutions for the high-end mixed development project, PTW Architects, the firm responsible for the overall design of the development, chose Stormtech for its ability to provide the perfect balance of form, function and customisation.
According to PTW’s Craig Hines, Stormtech was the company’s first choice when it came to specifying drain solutions, because Stormtech products could provide the perfect balance of form and function. In addition, they were ideally suited to meeting the project’s complex brief.
‘Since the project was a redevelopment of an existing structure with a concrete slab that had flaws and cracks throughout, and there were new floor zones being put in, the project required a grated drain to fit within these new floor zones. Where normally in a new building you’d be designing them into the structure, or into the set downs and making allowances for it, the existing conditions meant a grate with shallow depth was required. Stormtech was able to come up with a solution with a very narrow, shallow profile which met the tolerances of the project,’ says Hines.
The development’s beachfront location, as well as expected high traffic, demanded grated drains made from 316 marine grade stainless steel to be installed throughout the project, including the bathrooms balconies and the atrium area.
In the bathrooms the design called for linear drains that ‘disappear’ – both in the shower as well as one running the full length of the bathroom underneath the wall hung toilet and vanity basin. Stormtech’s Ti Tile Insert drains were specified to meet these requirements.
As different designers were responsible for different sections of the project, there were disparities between the tile thicknesses in the bathrooms throughout the development. Stormtech examined each room one by one to view how the entire interior design was laid out, and then provided three different styles of drains at three different price ranges, ensuring each bathroom had the ideal drain.
Meanwhile each sliding door to the balconies in the residential and hotel apartments utilised Stormtech’s Threshold Drainage. These slim line drainage products are used to provide a level entrance, with the narrow profile minimising impact on design, allowing smooth integration of internal and external areas, and creating seamlessly combined indoor/outdoor spaces. Across the balconies another drain from Stormtech’s TR range was used.
Drainage was also required around the perimeter of the atrium and in the middle of the courtyard, which also had to be interlinked to the surrounding drainage. Stormtech specifically altered its manufacturing process to suit the site specifications, creating a drainage solution tailor made for each of the varying depths of the space.
Overall the functional and aesthetic superiority of Stormtech products used, as well as the wide range of options available and the company’s ability to customise solutions to fit a highly specific brief, proved key to the quality experience offered by this new luxury residential development.
Pacific Bondi’s success to date is evidenced in record sales of the residential apartments, with all but two of the 75 first release apartments sold within the first two hours and a national record price set for a penthouse apartment that sold for $21 million.