Award-winning architects Kerry + Lindsay Clare, from Architectus, have recently completed the UWS Village at the University of Western Sydney. Modern design and an extensive use of environmentally sustainable products and practices appeal to today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Shadowclad® lightweight cladding ‘fins’ top off the design and minimise glare and radiant heat. Kerry states: “We have used Shadowclad for more than 20 years and it has always lent our projects a natural and durable quality. It has its own aesthetic and has good environmental credentials.”

Shadowclad by Carter Holt Harvey is manufactured from 100 per cent legally harvested plantation grown Radiata pine and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certified products are available. It can be used for structural bracing when directly fixed to framing and can be supplied with custom aluminium flashing. The surface has a rough face with vertical grooves or a textured finish, natural or pre-primed for painting.

Shadowclad is used extensively on residential projects due to its durability, insulative qualities and ease of installation. The UWS Village project demonstrates how well it can be incorporated into commercial buildings. The trend towards more environmentally sustainable commercial building is not just something to look forward to, the time is now.

Photo: Jiun Der Chung (B.Arch), courtesy Architectus™