Two composite panel products from SGI Architectural were selected for a high density residential development in Sydney’s inner west.

A multiple award-winning residential development in Ryde, NSW designed by architects Robertson + Marks, and built by the Crown Group, Top Ryde City Living & Apartments sits atop an existing regional shopping centre. The design for the residential development had a strong community identity built around a lush resort concept.

The selection of materials was a critical element in the successful execution of the concept. The materials used in the facade were required to be tactile, have human scale, and reinforce 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 requirements.

Prodema and Alpolic composite panels from SGI Architectural met all the requirements of this brief. The resort landscape theme was reinforced with Prodema’s palette of colours and natural patina while Alpolic with its extensive colour options and sleek finish acted as a foil for the natural Prodema product.

Prodema composite panels with a natural wood veneer, used in combination with Alpolic aluminium composite panels together maintain a pattern of crisp clean lines and colour, creating a relationship between the facade materials and the lush garden resort courtyard.

According to Brian Mann, Robertson + Marks, the durability and simple erection methods of the composite facade panels allowed flexibility in use and application throughout the project.

The Crown Group’s residential development, Top Ryde City Living has been the recipient of a number of key industry awards including 2013 Master Builders Australia NSW Excellence in Housing Awards; the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Presidents Award; and the UDIA NSW Awards of Excellence 2013 Best High-Density Development in NSW and ACT.

Iwan Sunito, CEO of Crown Group adds that the award recognises the development’s good use of space and forward thinking approach.