Project: Hunter & Gatherer

Epping, Victoria

Project Brief:

To create a space that would feel natural to compliment the idea of a fresh food precinct.

Builder:

Fabrication and Installation by MetalART Industries

Product:

MetalART Industries 140x40mm RHS

Colour:

Casuarina

The client wanted the natural look and feel of timber to complement the theme and purpose of this fresh food market, but wood was an impractical choice. As the building facade faces direct, all day sun, fading would have quickly deteriorated the building’s appeal. Additionally, the regular maintenance requirements would have added significant costs for the centre management.

Large aluminium battens coated with the DecoWood finish were found to be an ideal alternative to timber for the facade. The finish was indistinguishable from real timber, and the Super Durable finish gave the client confidence that its natural beauty would endure for many years. The centre management were also happy to discover that DecoWood is virtually maintenance-free.

The DecoWood finish was also used on the aluminium windows and doors throughout the centre, as well as an internal architectural feature. Immense DecoWood aluminium "boomerangs" were suspended from the ceiling inside. The feature created a sense of drama while tying in aesthetically with the rest of the building.

The “boomerangs” would have been impossible to achieve with timber. First, the cost of such massive pieces of timber would be prohibitive. Also, the weight would be too heavy to hang from the ceiling.


Project: Hutton Road Apartments

The Entrance North, NSW

Project Brief:

An ocean front apartment building that resembles the quintessential Australian beach house.

Architect:

Slater Architects

Product:

Ausiports gates and framework

Product:

AVS screens

Colour:

Casuarina

Overview:

Slater Architects used the look of natural materials to compliment its surroundings and reinvent the idea of the Australian beach house.

This stunning ocean front apartment building integrated elements of nature such as stone features and DecoWood screens, shutters, gates and framework.

DecoWood was chosen because of the unique location of the apartments between the beach and Tuggerah Lake. While salt spray would quickly corrode timber or even plain colour powder coating, DecoWood is a Super Durable, marine grade finish that has been certified for such extreme conditions. It also carries a 12 year warranty and is virtually maintenance free.

DecoWood is the market leader of wood grain finishes for aluminium and is Australian Made.


Project: MacKillop College

Bathurst, NSW

Project Brief:

A graffiti-resistant entrance to the school that presented the school colours.

Architect:

Steve Anderson Building Design

Builder:

Geoff Porter Constructions

Product:

Capral Aluminium 100x25mm sections and flat sheet

Colour:

Jarrah

Overview:

The MacKillop College in regional New South Wales renovated the entrance of their administration building to keep in theme with the school colours. The result is an impressive mix of angular and square screens in DecoWood Jarrah that made a feature of the building entrance.

DecoArt was used for the signage to complement the screens. The school logo was sublimated into a 2.4m x 1.2m powder coated aluminium flat sheet and then laser cut into shape. DecoArt is a popular choice for public projects such as this because graffiti is easily wiped away using household chemicals without affecting the image.

Any high resolution photograph can be turned into durable, weather-resistant signage with DecoArt. Up to 3.6 m length and 1.5 m wide signs can be produced and then laser cut to any shape if required.

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