Composite materials give rise to more creative options

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14 October 2014
Composite materials give rise to more creative options
BareStone featured in Buderim by Dragi Majstorovic, QLD.

Emerging from the realms of traditional building methods is an exciting residential design trend highlighting the use of contrasting materials to create buildings with a point of difference.

Architects and designers are applying new composite products and systems in juxtaposition with timeless building materials to create interesting and distinctive facades whilst maintaining the functionality to a home.

Embracing the distinctive use of contrasting finishes is made simple with building material companies such as CSR Cemintel and its range of creative products. Designers are responding well to the ever expanding creative design palette which allows flexibility to use contrasting materials in combination, such as; dark verses light colours, textured against smooth, small mixed with large format material, matte against gloss and vintage married with contemporary materials.

We are seeing an evolving trend between the raw honesty of natural materials blended with industrial finishes, angled walls in rectilinear form, passive materials supporting dynamic creativity. By skilfully integrating various combinations of contrasting textures, styles and colours, designers are achieving endless creative possibilities that seamlessly enhance a humble abode.

A first class demonstration of this trend can be appreciated through architect Dragi Majstorovic, from Majstorovic Architecture, intelligently designed home for his client on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The home’s modest palette of understated materials including natural timber, glass and metals were combined with Cemintel’s BareStone cladding, achieving an exceptional blend of industrial-meets-warmth.

BareStone, an external cladding system, has a stylish appearance of raw concrete that is attractive to designers and homeowners, yet holds the properties of a prefinished lightweight panel system that installers and builders can embrace. The panel incorporates the revolutionary CeminSeal waterblock technology that reduces water penetration into the sheet, eliminating the requirement to paint on site.

Modern technology has allowed manufacturers the opportunity to increase their capabilities to create composite materials that achieve an authentic look of traditional products, yet can outperform or reduce costs. Architects, designers and homeowners are appreciating products with good balance between aesthetically pleasing and practical benefits including; advanced durability, hard wearing, lighter, longer lifespan and simplified installation processes.

This industry shift towards prefinished, low maintenance products places pressure on companies to invest interest into colour and design. Cemintel for example, has aligned with leading Australian colour forecasters; Colourways, to ensure they are aware of emerging trends in the Australian market and the effects global trends have on local preferences. It gives them insight in to what colours and textures to include in their product development processes to ensure they are providing suitable solutions.

Inspiration for the external finishes has been taken from natural surroundings such as stone, trees, and waterways. Current trends for the residential market are colour palettes with stony tones, warm greys, taupes, and charcoals all with green, natural undertones. Incorporating a blend of raw concrete and warm timber finishes offer a taste of the emerging Urban Industrial trend that has been prevalent in commercial architecture for some time.

Cemintel’s new Designer Series Smooth colours; Frappe and Latte and Woodgrain Teak are examples of on-trend composite materials specifically designed to complement and enhance the existing Cemintel range, offering additional creative choices to homeowners, architects and designers looking to achieve that individual distinction.

Looking forward to future design directions, it is clear that lifestyle will continue to impact residential design trends via stylish combinations of new, low maintenance materials that offer opportunity to create individual yet practical results.

Vicky Bowen, Design Manager, CSR Lightweight Systems


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