Mostaghim & Associates ‘out of the box’ design, showcasing Ever Art Wood Express panels, creates quite an impression at the newly developed Mercure Hotel - part of the expansion of the iconic Fiddler Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales.


Covet’s Ever Art Wood Express Panels were chosen for this recent project at the Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill, the latest addition to The Fiddler - a major popular and award winning bar, dining and entertainment precinct in Sydney’s North West.

A new four story hotel with 78 modern guest rooms, pool and conference facilities, Ever Art Wood express panels were used as a feature on the façade, running alongside the pool area and including a prominent feature at the entrance. A protruding window with recessed frame and mitered corners creates an edgy, visually interesting structure.


The timber look aluminium cladding also flows into the internal reception/lobby zone and bar area, creating a seamless transition between the interior and exterior of the hotel. A relaxed, inviting bar area showcases the panels in Kareiro as a feature ceiling, with suspended strobe lighting and black furnishings, marrying nicely with the timber detailing and other natural design elements.

Fabricated from a flat panel, Ever Art Wood Express provides a clean, concealed-fix aesthetic, with attractive recess or express joints between the interlocking panels. ⁠Crafted from FR tested 0.8mm aluminium, the panels are lightweight and are perfect for applications where the weight of real timber can pose a challenge.

Durable enough to withstand the outdoors, and convincing enough to be used inside, this timber look aluminium is a compelling, fire rated alternative to real timber. ⁠Independently tested, Ever Art Wood meets the requirements under the NCC DTS provisions, C1.10 and C1.9(e)(v) (previously C1.12(e)). It is also fire-rated, achieving the following Fire Resistance ratings:

· Fire Tested AS/NZ 3837-1998: Group 1; and

· Fire Tested AS/NZ 1530.3: Index 0 (spread of flame).


Project specs

Cladding Profile

Ever Art Wood®


Fire rating

Ever Art Wood® Express panel cladding

Kareiro & Chakooru Gurei


Performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1)


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Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill
Cnr Windsor Road &, Commercial Rd
Rouse Hill NSW 2155

Designed by: Mostaghim & Associates

Installation by: Archclad

Photography by: Tom Ferguson Photography


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