Perched on a hillside above Jacksons International Airport, the stunning Airways Hotel has been an iconic part of the local Port Moresby skyline for over 30 years. Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Owen Stanley Range, this five-star venue’s most eye-catching feature is its rooftop restaurant, Vue.

Glass Processor: Viridian Glass Townsville

Glass Installer: FGS Glazing Systems and John Hyde Glass Innovation

Project Developer: Lamana Developments

Principal glazing resource: Viridian ScalaMirage™ Tree pattern

Images: Thanks to Lamana Developments

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Perched on a hillside above Jacksons International Airport, the stunning Airways Hotel has been an iconic part of the local Port Moresby skyline for over 30 years.

Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Owen Stanley Range, this five-star venue’s most eye-catching feature is its rooftop restaurant, Vue.

Located on the 7th floor, this renowned eatery underwent an extensive renovation by local project developers, Lamana Development, who looked to Viridian’s Townsville team to provide expertise and direction on the best glazing solution for the restaurant’s awnings.

“The brief required a decorative glass that offered a stylish aesthetic, but also delivered on performance,” explains Tim Noble, Manager at Viridian’s Townsville site.

“Viridian’s ScalaMirage Tree range provided the perfect solution. This translucent, decorative glass allowed us to integrate an artistic element to the restaurant’s awnings while celebrating the hotel’s botanical setting,” adds Mr Noble.

The glass’s intricate leaf pattern added a beautiful detail to the awnings which skirt the parameter of the restaurant.

The product’s performance attributes were another design consideration for the team. ScalaMirage combines high levels of light transmission with a non-reflective, scratch resistant satin finish. A robust glass, its anti-fingerprint, acid-etched surface combines durability with easy maintenance.

“As a toughened and laminated Grade A Safety Glass, ScalaMirage is resistant to the impact of high temperatures, moisture and UV light, making it a reliable option for an exposed rooftop setting in a tropical climate,” explains Mr Noble.

Despite the serene setting of this project, the fit-out presented some challenges for the team.

“The panels had to be fitted under the steel beams in the awnings as opposed to on top of the beams, making the installation a bit tricky. As some of the panels weighed up to 220 kilos, this required some delicate manoeuvring,” adds Mr Noble.

So it was essential that Viridian worked closely with glazing suppliers, FGS Glazing systems and John Hyde Glass Innovation to manage the installation seamlessly.

Viridian worked in collaboration with the local glazing teams, combining resources and expertise to ensure an accurate measure and supply, as well as a safe fit-out. The result is a striking awning that provides the perfect finish to this iconic rooftop venue.