All uncoated timber, regardless of species, will weather in due course when exposed to the elements. Timber weathering is a normal and healthy process, and this organic aesthetic is becoming increasingly popular.
Here are 5 of our timber facade projects that were allowed to age naturally (and gracefully).
(1) Dandenong Mental Health, Victoria
Designed by Bates Smart/Group GSA, this award-winning facility used our Expression Cladding Timbers. Clear oil was applied at the factory to the the Blackbutt timber, and no further finish was administered by the client.
The application of clear oil initially protects against sunlight and moisture. When not reapplied, the timber will eventually weather beautifully if expertly detailed by the supplier to begin with.
Dandenong Mental Health: Allowed to naturally weather, the Blackbutt timber facade exhibits its true character. (Photo taken 2 years after project completion in 2011.)
(2) AIIM Microscopy, New South Wales
Our Expression Cladding Timbers line the avant-garde facade of this state-of-the-art research facility. The architects, Jacobs, chose Pacific Teak and Spotted Gum while the client, in addition to the primary coat done off-site, decided to apply pigmented coats of oil to make the timber more UV-resistant, thereby preventing its rapid silvering.
Over time, however, the entire building will weather to the same colour, eventually supplanting the early patchiness of this type of treatment.
AIIM Microscopy: Taken 4 years after project completion in 2011, this photograph shows how applying oil with pigment can lead to a desirable unevenness in a facade’s appearance.
(3) Goolwa Beach House, South Australia
Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen, the architects, chose our Expression Cladding Sorrento Profile in Pacific Teak for this project.
In this residence, the overhang above windows and elsewhere have caused the timber beneath it to weather unpredictably, another facade look that is more and more sought after today because of its random charm.
Goolwa Beach House: Structures without eaves or the like absorb more moisture at the top, so these sections weather more quickly. Moreover, timber that is more exposed to the sun darkens faster.
(4) Main Ridge Vineyard House, Victoria
Architects Mcallister Alcock selected our mid-toned Spotted Gum Expression Cladding to sheathe the exterior of this single-storey house while retaining its visual connection to the adjoining grapevines.
Since high rainfall levels are not conducive to prosperous winemaking, moisture is not the main reason this house has achieved such a lovely silver-grey.
Goolwa Beach House: The more regularly timber cladding is exposed to sunlight, the quicker it accelerates to its natural shade.
(5) Adelaide Zoo, South Australia
HASSELL slightly rotated the solid, wide-spaced battens chosen from our wide timber range to line one of Australia’s most beloved tourist attractions.
The result was a facade that weathered at dissimilar rates—some of the timber lining silvered more rapidly than others, presenting a frontage that believably captures how wind, rain, and sun would influence constructs in the wilderness.
Adelaide Zoo: Taken 5 years after it was completed in 2009—no further treatment has been applied to this timber facade.
Allowing timber, particularly cladding systems like Expression Cladding, to naturally silver gives prominence to two of its most endearing qualities—its natural beauty and its ability to make facades blend into the environment.