Spotted Gum connects back with nature

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17 August 2015
Spotted Gum connects back with nature
Spotted Gum connects back with nature.

The judicious use of timber in architecture can create beautiful textures and colours, but it’s important to be aware of the impact of weathering on external facades. The right type of maintenance can prolong the youthful look of fresh timber, but with minimal maintenance the timber will evolve through a number of different phases during its life cycle.

Woodform was engaged by Bates Smart to consult regarding the upkeep and maintenance on a project proposal that involved the extensive use of timber; an issue which had raised concerns for the client. A palette of robust natural materials was specified throughout, to create a low maintenance development that sits in harmony with the bushland context, now and into the future.

Project Brief and Consultation

The project included 23 dwellings with 70 apartments. The client stated their preference for a rich timber look, however this would weather over time without any maintenance.

To assist the client, Woodform's staff sat down with the designers, reviewing the scope of the project, client concerns and their desired aesthetic for the long term. It was explained that, over time, each application and elevation was going to weather. Soffits and balcony screens were decided to be the best applications, because the sun would get to these areas the least.

To demonstrate what the applications would look like over time, Woodform drew on its stock of pre-weathered samples and created a sample board for approval by the client and architects. (For times like this Woodform keeps a small range of timbers lying out in the sun, some are up to three years old.) They also created a new board to illustrate what the freshly finished version would look like.

To check out the project decisions and outcome and see more photos from this project head to Woodform's blog.

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