Once, fixings such as express joints that linked timber battens were considered a reasonable aesthetic despite the deep shadow lines that betrayed a lack of continuity.

As designers specified timber battens that were longer than ever, the joints that fastened them together while conspicuously leaving visible gaps, like in the image below, remained necessary in order to inhibit the natural movement of timber (even in relatively controlled interior environments). 

Office environment with Timber Veneered Aluminium Ceiling

Today, however, the trend is to execute interior batten design that is not just very large in dimension but also seamless, with no perceptible spaces in-between or obvious joins. Woodform Architectural's Concept Click batten system is perfect for this application.

This is difficult to realise with solid timber, where variance in the joined sections is inevitable because of moisture, unavoidably, induces timber movement. The result, in many cases, is a pronounced misalignment of the battens over time.

The favourable structural properties of aluminium mean this versatile metal does not require any need for wiggle room, ensuring smooth and continuous lines whatever your line of sight (even when battens as long as 7 metres are connected to each other). 

Aluminium battens wrapped in timber veneer, moreover, effortlessly replicate the woody warmth of solid timber—as evidenced by the image below—because they are, in fact, thin slices taken from select logs and not merely synthetic duplications.

Office with timber veneered aluminium ceiling