Ever Art Wood Express cladding panels from Covet International were specified for the facade of the newly developed Mercure Hotel in Sydney’s North West.

Designed by Mostaghim & Associates, the new Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill is part of the expansion of the iconic Fiddler Hotel, a popular award-winning bar, dining and entertainment precinct in Sydney. The Mercure is a four-storeyed hotel with 78 modern guestrooms, and pool and conference facilities.

Covet’s Ever Art Wood Express panels were used as a feature on the facade, running alongside the pool area and at the entrance. A protruding window with recessed frame and mitred corners creates an edgy, visually interesting structure.

The timber look aluminium cladding also flows into the lobby and bar areas, creating a seamless transition between the interior and exterior of the hotel. A relaxed, inviting bar area showcases the panels in Kareiro as a feature ceiling, with suspended strobe lighting and black furnishings perfectly complementing the timber detailing and other natural design elements.

Ever Art Wood Express is fabricated from a flat panel to provide a clean, concealed-fix aesthetic, with attractive recess or express joints between the interlocking panels. Crafted from FR tested 0.8mm aluminium, the lightweight panels are perfect for applications where the weight of real timber can pose a challenge.

With its durability able to withstand the outdoors and visual appeal convincing enough for interiors, this timber look aluminium panel makes for a compelling, fire-rated alternative to real timber.

⁠Ever Art Wood has been independently tested to meet the requirements under the NCC DTS provisions, C1.10 and C1.9(e)(v) (previously C1.12(e)). It is also fire-rated, achieving the following Fire Resistance ratings: Fire Tested AS/NZ 3837-1998: Group 1; and Fire Tested AS/NZ 1530.3: Index 0 (spread of flame).

Ever Art Wood Express timber look cladding in Kareiro and Chakooru Gurei featuring a textured finish was installed by Archclad.

Images: Tom Ferguson Photography