SGI Architectural composite panels were the facades of choice for architects of the Top Ryde City Living building, an International Property Awards winner.

SGI supplied its exterior composite panels Prodema and Alpolic for the project which was designed around a stringent process of material selection and ergonomics:

“During the design process the selection of materials was identified early on as critical element in the success of the concept. The desire was to use materials in the facade which were tactile, had human scale, and reinforced the relationship of the buildings with the resort landscape elements. Being part of a tall mixed use building, the materials also needed to meet stringent fire requirement,” said project architect Brian Mann.

“Prodema and Alpolic met this brief for materials. Prodema offered a palette of colours and natural patina which reinforced the resort landscape theme. Alpolic with its extensive colour options and sleek finish provided a material which could act as a foil for the natural Prodema product. Together they maintained a pattern of crisp clean lines and colour, creating a relationship between the facade materials and the lush garden resort courtyard.”

About the Products:


SGI International’s PRODEMA® is a composite panel faced with a natural wood veneer and coated with a proprietary coating.

The special coating is based on synthetic resins and PVDF, which protect the panel from the effects of UV sunlight, chemical attack, and the damage caused by atmospheric agents.

Each Prodema natural wood panel is unique and will exhibit differences in grain and colour within the same supply.

Prodema carefully selects the wood veneers in an endeavour to ensure that the colour within a batch will be as homogeneous as possible.

ProdEX panels show certain characteristics that are inherent of natural wood itself, such as specific darker areas in the wood, transversal mirror images in the wood, variation in colour, shade and shine of different panels made of the same type of wood and knots or holes in the wood coming from the trees themselves.


ALPOLIC®/fr was also used in the Top Ryde project and is an Aluminium Composite Panel that is specifically designed for the construction industry. A non-combustible mineral filled core sits between two skins of 0.5mm thick aluminium to make up the panel.

The material meets international fire codes and has also obtained Codemark certification. When combined with its accommodating aesthetic and budgetary considerations, ALPOLIC®/fr sets the standard for fire safety.

ALPOLIC®/fr is a Green Star(R) relevant product as verified by Ecospecifier Global’s Technical Opinion and is also relevant to the LEED(R) tool of the US Green Building Council.

The light but rigid panels have helped broaden architectural horizons and have inspired new aesthetic and functional achievements in building design around Australia.

Backed with a manufacturer’s warranty from Mitsubishi Plastics, SGI says they can also guarantee innovation, quality and value on all projects.

SGI Architectural is a key distributor of quality building facades to the Australian Construction Industry with a strong focus on the world's finest composite products.

They supply the architectural market with eco-friendly aluminium facades, timber and cement composite panels, clay tiles, non-combustible rockwool cored sandwich panels and architectural glass.