A material fit for purpose
Over 50km of Tongue & Groove Cladding was produced for Dandenong Mental Health, all in Blackbutt Timber. Blackbutt was chosen for its durability, being a class 1 timber, which makes it perfect for minimising maintenance on external areas.
The timber cladding also allows the project to blend into its suburban surrounds, rather than disturbing the domestic environment.
“The good thing about the timber was that it could also blend in with the domestic character of the buildings around it, so it met the planning outcome of fitting this building into its domestic environment, making the people within the building feel good, and to extend architecture’s capacity to create environments that are good for people.”
Natural materials like timber provide more than just aesthetics to health projects. The use of natural materials like timber, and including features like plants into a space can have drastic positive effects on the inhabitants of a building.
“If you put someone into a concrete box and asked them how they were feeling – or measured how they were feeling – and then put them into a garden courtyard with timber, plants and trees you’d get a completely different response.”
Advantages of the system
Tongue & Groove Cladding was used extensively on Dandenong Mental Health, and designers and installers alike loved the refined nature of the system. The 138x19mm boards create a texture both internally and externally which gives character to the project. The timber has since been allowed to weather, providing a natural aesthetic to the whole centre.
The installers of this project were Casello, who have since become a Sculptform Partner Installer. Partner Installers are experienced contractors who know how to install our products quickly and effectively. Choose a Partner Installer for your next project here.
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