Ins and outs of architectural cladding

Cladding collage_Mode Projects{Source, L to R: Albert Park House by Whiting Architects; Hamstead Beach House by Hayhurst and Co, UK; Pobble House by Guy Hollaway Architects}

Cladding is a light-weight material that is currently enjoying a halcyon moment in architectural circles. While more traditional building materials such as brick and stone are integral to the structure of a building, cladding is more of a skin. The central function of cladding is to protect a building from the elements. From an aesthetic standpoint, the wide range of cladding materials available allows you to play with lines and shadows, textures, tones, and patterns. This is why so many designers are enamoured with it; it’s practical and the design applications are endless.

Cladding can be multi-layered, composite (mixing multiple types of cladding on the one facade) or stand alone. With so many materials to choose from – from copper to zinc, pressed metal to corrugated iron, timber in its various types, widths and lengths – you’re spoilt for choice.

Barn cladding{Source: Barn House cladding}

We were so enamoured with the cladding combination of pressed metal and cedar on our Landmark project, that we decided to try another type of contemporary cladding. In the case of our Watson Road project, we’ve gone with Weathertex Weathergroove Natural Woodsman, stained with Cutek CD50 Black Ash, which is an oil based preservative. At $500 per 20 litre can, Cutek is expensive but the result is bold, clean and handsome, and we love it.

Weathertex cladding_Mode ProjectsWeathertex cladding_blue sky



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