Timber look battens from the Ever Art Wood range were selected by the architects to create a relaxed environment for residents at the Calibre apartments in Surry Hills, NSW.

Situated on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD, Calibre has been designed by Koichi Takada Architects as an ‘urban sanctuary’. The linear aluminium batten facade is reminiscent of a towering bamboo forest – the timber look battens wrap around the building as a curved screen, welcoming natural light and maximising views, while effortlessly melding into the cosmopolitan streetscape of the Surry Hills neighbourhood.

Covet International supplied the Ever Art Wood aluminium timber look battens in colour Oku – the oak colouring and natural finishes were carried through to the interior of the apartments. The wood-look Ever Art Wood has an incredibly realistic appearance with the polymer film displaying a design derived from actual timber species. To enhance the realistic look, a custom texture was also applied. Being fade resistant, the timber look battens will maintain their appearance without ongoing treatments.

Engineered in Japan, Ever Art Wood battens provided the architects a functional and economical alternative to real timber battens. Dimensionally perfect, the Kabebari battens comprise of two sections – while one is affixed to the structure, the other simply snaps on, simplifying installation and concealing all fixings.

The battens are available in long lengths, enabling a streamlined, uninterrupted linear aesthetic.

Cladding profile: Ever Art Wood 50 x 100 Kabebari Battens in Oku colour

Fire rating: Meets the Deemed to Satisfy Provisions C1.9 (e)(v) of the 2019 NCC (Volume 1 – covering class 2-9 buildings). Performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1).

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