Top Class Cladding for Melbourne’s Latest Apartment Buildings

19 Jan 17

Accoya, the world leading modified wood, has been used to provide the finishing touches to two high-end apartment buildings in Melbourne, Australia.

Used to add style and quality to the exterior of two apartment blocks located in areas popular with Melbourne’s city slickers, Accoya was supplied by local distributor Britton Timbers for both of the SJB Architect-designed structures.

For the exclusive Cantala Apartments’ development in the city’s Cauldfield North area, Accoya’s superior durability made it the obvious choice when it came to completing the building’s exclusive outdoor leisure area.

Located next to a swimming pool and landscaped gardens within the complex, Accoya was chosen to form the area’s cladding. Using a dark coating to reflect the black, white and wood colour scheme used throughout the rest of the building, Accoya was the obvious choice when the designers were looking for a wood which could maintain its sleek look for longer.

Coatings last up to two times longer with Accoya than when applied to traditional wood products and the high performance wood is also easier to coat, with less preparation and sanding time required. This ease of use is down to Accoya’s stability and its stronger structure. To achieve the grey-back colour, WOCA external tinted primer was used first, followed by WOCA external oil in Anthracite.

Nearby in the city’s North Melbourne area, the stunning North Apartments on Blackwood Street feature Accoya-made louvres designed to reduce direct sunlight and provide shade for those inside.

Keen to use a wood which was both durable and environmentally friendly, the building’s designers selected Accoya. Offering reduced maintenance costs, a 50 year above ground guarantee and using wood grown from FSC® certified forests, it fulfilled their requirements for an easy to manage and eco-friendly wood.

To complement the rest of the building the louvres were coated using WOCA external tinted primer, followed by a coating of WOCA external walnut oil.

Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys, commented: “Accoya’s popularity is growing throughout Australia and it’s exciting to see a host of projects featuring one of the world’s most durable, resilient and best performing woods being specified across the country.

“Both projects demonstrate Accoya’s versatility when coated, allowing specifiers an opportunity to use a wood which isn’t just durable and stable but also eco-friendly for their next project. Throughout the globe Accoya has been used not just for cladding or decking but also to create outdoor furniture, musical instruments, for projects in water and for structural use. We hope to see many more projects featuring Accoya in Australia in the coming years.”

Manufactured using a proprietary acetylation process, Accoya is one of the most superior wood products on the market today. It performs to the highest of standards, delivering remarkable levels of stability, sustainability and durability. Exceeding the high-quality and aesthetic attributes of tropical hardwoods, Accoya also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC® certified, sustainable forests and Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.

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