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NEW Harwyn Installs First Two-Story Modular Towers Featuring Alucobond ACM

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

The Harwyn modular pods began by revolutionizing home office design. The designs gained momentum and increasing popularity in the education market. This month, Harwyn completed its first ever two-story design. Further innovating the concept of prefabricated design, these two-story pods serve as modular towers.

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

A prestigious Australian girls school seeking a modern construction addition for their music program commissioned the team at Harwyn. The design needed to attract students and faculty while fitting into the intricate framework of the existing building. The school’s representatives visited existing Harwyn pod sites and were confident in the team’s ability to deliver a desirable product.

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

Utilizing two Alucobond aluminum composite finishes: Steel Blue and Sunrise Silver Metallic, the design for the towers was dictated by the existing building’s design. The access point through the existing corridor on the second story of the school determined the design for towers in relation to their height and placement.

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

Jason Fremder, Harwyn’s Managing Director, explains, “Our construction process is very precise and we work to the millimeter. In this case in particular, we didn’t have a millimeter to play with as the upper levels had to line up perfectly with the existing slab in both vertical and horizontal orientation. This meant that in the factory, we had to be confident that we had taken all site elements into consideration including any variance in our on-site preparations.”

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

The ability of Harwyn pods to have precise drafted renderings allows for seamless installation. The towers were installed on-site in just ten hours. The towers were constructed almost entirely off-site. Fremder further describes, “The only on-site work is installing a middle strip of Alucobond covering the joint details between the upper and lower pods. Those Alucobond panels are routed off site and arrive ready to install. Any on-site work can be completed in a day.”

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

As with the other Harwyn designs, the towers feature an abundance of glass to ensure optimal daylighting. In addition to a heavy influx of natural light, the glass exteriors allow faculty to see directly into the pods. The upper pods are standard Harwyn designs while the lower pods were upgraded with structural elements to support the upper pods.

Harwyn, Two Story Towers, Australia, Modular Pods, Alucobond, Aluminum Composite, Photography Chris Daile
photo ©Chris Daile

The team at Harwyn is already working on two more two-story designs seeking completion this year.

information courtesy of Harwyn
photography ©Chris Daile

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