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In the new Auckland City Hospital, expansive glazing, landscaping and colour provide natural light and a visual connection to the outdoors



To maintain a highly sterile environment in areas such as surgical treatment rooms, intensive care units and theatres, special consideration had to be given to fixtures and fittings.

To meet the strict criteria – without compromising natural light – the design team commissioned New Zealand Window Shades to supply and install Luxaflex Slimline® aluminium 25mm Venetian blinds. The blinds were customised to fit between the panes of double glazing and are operated using a control rod controlled by a knob on the window frame.

In other parts of the hospital, Luxaflex Panorama® Sunscreen roller blinds were specified as part of the selection process. The hospital's project team inspected New Zealand Window Shades' factory processes to determine the quality of manufacture. This includes ultrasonic fabric cutting to create heat-sealed edges and prevent fraying – essential requirements of the contract.

For more information, contact Luxaflex Commercial Division, New Zealand Window Shades, PO Box 12785, Penrose, Auckland, phone (09) 574 2200, fax (09) 573 6198. Email: .


First published date: 12 October 2003

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