BareStone, an external cladding solution is part of the CeminSeal family of products from Cemintel Fibre Cement Systems .

Cemintel BareStone panels are 9mm thick compressed, autoclaved, cellulose fibre reinforced cement sheets, purpose-made for use on building facades.

Featuring a stylish raw concrete finish and offering fast installation, ease of maintenance and environmental advantages, Cemintel’s BareStone pre-finished external cladding panels were recently chosen for two public projects in Queensland and Victoria.

Cemintel BareStone was used on the external façade of a new public library, part of the $25million Caboolture Hub cultural centre in South-east Queensland as well as a new $3.5million primary school, Hawthorn West Primary School (HWPS) in Victoria.

BareStone external cladding solution incorporates the unique CeminSeal waterblock technology, providing architects with a modern raw cement look that is also durable and low maintenance.

According to Cemintel’s General Manager Drew Spiden, in addition to the stylish raw look, and fast and simple installation, Cemintel’s BareStone can help meet environmentally sustainable design (ESD) measures, which can reduce long term costs and maintenance.

The Caboolture Hub was designed in joint collaboration between Peddle Thorp Architects (PTA) and James Cubbit Architects (JCA).

PTA Architect, Brett Hudson says that their design team aimed to use raw materials such as glass, zinc and concrete for the construction of the library. Cemintel BareStone’s lightweight construction system and prefinished raw cement texture was the ideal solution, giving them the desired results.

Approximately 1000m² of BareStone cladding was used in prefinished panels with the architects utilising the flexibility of BareStone’s top hat system to create a stunning aesthetic. Black expressed joints and exposed stainless steel fixings in horizontal bands with random panel widths and zinc fins at the joint created a shadow-effect that changed in depth as the sun moved across the facades.

Cemintel BareStone was also used as the main external cladding product at Hawthorn West Primary School, which recently opened the doors to its new $3.5million complex. Designed by architecture firm Six Degrees Pty Ltd, the nine-classroom, two-storey complex of approximately 950m² was built as part of the Federal Government’s BER program and incorporated ESD features.

Six Degrees Architect, Dan Demant explains that Cemintel BareStone pre-finished panels were chosen for their natural appearance and simplicity in addition to weather-resistance that would not require painting or repeated maintenance, making them the ideal long term external cladding solution.

The Hawthorn West Primary School project saw a combination of passive designs and active performance being addressed to ensure health, comfort, productivity and enhanced learning. Design highlights include building materials providing thermal mass such as Cemintel BareStone, high performance insulation, glazing and shading, strategic window to wall ratio, consideration of optimal sitting and orientation, and rainwater tanks.