Connecting the town and the river
The gateway style of the structure seeks to repair the strained relationship between the town and the neighbouring Hunter River. Floods in recent years have caused the city centre to grow away from the river, rather than embracing it as a natural feature. The Riverlink connects the two areas visually, while providing the community with a smooth transition point.
The Importance of Flexibility
A primary consideration when installing the feature ceiling was the ability to include access panels. With twelve access panels across the whole ceiling, our Click-on Battens highly customisable nature became a blessing for installers on site.
Sculptform provided the feature timber ceiling for the Maitland Riverlink, using 32x19mm Click-on Battens in Blackbutt. Famous for its versatility, Blackbutt provided the colour required for this project and was left uncoated to allow for the tone to change over time. The linear texture of the battens matches the aesthetic of the clay brick, allowing the form of the building to appear seamless at a glance.
“The architecture is intended to act as a civic set piece in a street full of great buildings with enduring materials. It also must have a strong architectural form to register as a landmark when viewed from the levee bank, from neighbouring Lorn and the Belmore Bridge. We imagined a ‘sculptural gateway’ in which the material scale, grain and texture was consistent on all sides of the frame, even though the ceiling and walls couldn’t have been constructed from the same material.”
|Project||Sculptform Click-on Battens|
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“The timber, when the colour fades, will look similar to the light coloured brick from a distance giving the building a more singular appearance. The materials also provide a human scale; the tactile materials invite a visitor to touch the building and the precise angles of the walls, ceiling and floor, twist and distort the central space, to subtly slow movement through.”
Simon Wood Photography