The use of timber battens has long been a standard go-to technique of designers to realise texture and depth in both interior and exterior applications. Architects and interior designers have employed this aesthetic in a multitude of creative ways by specifying different timber species, as well as by varying batten length, depth, width, and spacing.
However, Australian designers have long lamented the paucity of batten shapes other than the standard rectangular and square ones available in the market. To get around this design limitation, they have often resorted to having (among others) peak, dome and flute timber batten shapes. While often costly and time-consuming, made-to-order timber battens in unconventional shapes often result in distinctive signatures, taking a project from ordinary to amazing.
Woodform Architectural's new specification and visualisation tool - Sculptform, allows designers to create custom sequences with these shapes online. Real time pricing and specification infomation is customised to each design and provided free. Not only can Sculptform be used to create new designs, it can be used to re-create looks from other projects. Below is a video of Sculptform re-creating the amazing dome sequence of Willinga Park in under 90 seconds.
The MOVE Hot Yoga studio in Melbourne, designed by multi-disciplinary practice Hecker Guthrie, incorporates dome-shaped timber battens in its interiors as a visual and tactile manifestation of the studio's stated intention to create a revitalising and nourishing space for its patrons.
Award-winning London-based architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio's brief was to create a look for Hoi Polloi bar and restaurant akin to "an English modernist brasserie inspired by mid-twentieth century European bistros, achieving an environment that is both informal and with a sense of occasion." This it achieves by, among other design schemes, choosing concave Iroko timber battens to line the establishment's walls.