Situated on the water’s edge at Manly, Sydney, this stunning property is built to celebrate it’s surroundings and maximise the ocean views.
With floor to ceiling windows and carefully designed horizontal timber look batten screens to provide privacy, but not obscure the view, this residential property in Manly is a lesson in what designer Koichi Takada calls invisible architecture. Known for drawing inspiration from the natural environment, the designer aims to connect the residents with their surroundings through minimalist and careful design, and uses the coastal setting as a muse - “the sweeping curves of the facade are reminiscent of the shape of the picturesque Manly coastline or the rolling waves of the Pacific.”
This is evident not only in the rounded corners of each floor, but also in the Ever Art Wood timber look battens cut and staggered at different lengths to create the crescent shaped feature screens. For additional utility, the lightweight battens have been affixed to sliding screens provide an option for uninterrupted ocean views.
"The sweeping curves of the facade are reminiscent of the shape of the picturesque Manly coastline or the rolling waves of the Pacific.”
- Koichi Takada, Architect.
Ever Art Wood timber look aluminium battens enabled Koichi Takada Architects to realise their vision of a timber aesthetic in this high humidity, marine environment. With the durability of aluminium, the battens are suitable for the harsh coastal regions, being resistant to salt water and UV attack. An additional benefit is that they are zero to low maintenance, and unlike real timber, will not warp or require ongoing oiling or treatments.
With the screens being a highly visible feature of the building, achieving a realistic timber aesthetic was of paramount importance. Vacuum sealed endcaps were used, featuring the same realistic timber look polymer wrap as the battens, creating an incredibly convincing timber alternative.
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Custom 100x100 Ever Art Wood Kabebari Battens
Performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1)
Designed by: Koichi Takada Architects
Photography: Martin Sieger & Tom Ferguson
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