SUPAWOOD’s Supaslat MAXI BEAM forms a decorative floating timber beam effect, which flows along the mall ceilings of the food precinct at the Campbelltown Mall in Sydney NSW.
Initially, during the refurbishment of the mall ceilings, the designers Edge ID incorporated the lighter timber slats of SUPASLAT in their design. However it was decided that slats would not achieve the impact they visualised and wanted the look of a chunkier decorative timber beam instead.
This alteration to the design presented potential installation obstacles and a cost blowout so Supawood recommended the use of the heavier, more pronounced lineal look of the Supaslat MAXI BEAM as a lightweight economical beam alternative to heavy solid timber.
MAXI BEAM is supplied pre-finished and can be ordered to the exact lengths the design configuration requires. This and the fact the beams are so light and easy to work with meant there was minimal disruption to trade in the centre. The lightweight nature of MAXI BEAM also provided a cost saving to the client by overcoming the issue of weight restriction on the existing overhead structure, and the associated additional costs, if solid timber had been used.
A further saving was reached by choosing SUPALAMI as a durable, low maintenance finish. SUPALAMI also offered the look and texture of solid timber that was required and Light Tasmanian Oak was selected.
The 3D effect is achieved by staggering the MAXI BEAM in 2 different depths, 147mm and 197mm. Lighting and other services such as the sprinklers system and security are integrated between the beams. The use of lighting also highlights the staggering.
SUPAWOOD was able to assist in overcoming the issues of product change by having the perfect alternative in their extensive range. This saved time and guaranteed the builder, Prime Build, could still meet the lead-time required. In addition, SUPAWOOD recommended AKM as an installer to further ensure the builder could meet the client’s tight program and budget for this striking retail fit-out.
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