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Staff at Fonterra's new headquarters can enjoy the sixth-floor deck year round thanks to LouvreTec's rain-or-shine 200 Super Roof Lite

Operable louvre roofs make the most of entertainment deck for office staff


Part of a design programme that offers diverse work and relaxation options for staff, the new Fonterra offices feature a roof deck that looks out across the harbour. Naturally this had to be an enjoyable place to be, come rain or shine, and four LouvreTec operable blade roofs ensure that's so.

LouvreTec supplied and installed the mechanically operated roofs to the level six entertainment deck, says LouvreTec's Mckenzie Collins.

The 200 Super Roof Lite opening roof was specified for this project – times four, says Collins.

"This particular operable roof is perfect when an attractive 200mm-wide, flat bottomed louvre blade is preferred. Another feature of the roof is that its motor is hidden from sight, thanks to our new ‘Down Under' system."

The Super Roof Lite was also selected for its extended blade span which maximises the open-roof areas when good weather allows.


"The roofs were specified in a Gull Grey powdercoat colour – a light, contemporary tone," she says.

The whole project ran without a hitch – the only tricky part being getting the roofs up to the sixth floor. This was achieved by working with the lead builders on the project, Fletcher Construction, who craned the four roofs up to the top of the building.

"A rain sensor is used to protect the deck's outdoor furniture – when precipitation reaches a certain level, sensors activate and the roofs close automatically," Collins says.

LouvreTec brings together a range of products with a team that can customise individual elements according to an architect's or specifier's needs.

For details, contact LouvreTec, 23c Douglas Alexander Parade, Auckland, phone: 09 415 4949, email:,

First published date: 04 November 2016

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