CharacteristicsFully sealed, high impact resistant and durable, fire-resistant, quick installation
The new residential development Macquarie Park Village is a high-rise apartment with a unique look designed to complement the natural Sydney surrounds with James Hardie façade cladding. The construction is set to be the forerunner to the new era of housing and workplace development in the area. The multi-residential and retail project is comprised of 700 units across seven architect-designed buildings featuring resort-style amenities and nestled along 2.24 hectares of tree-lined avenues.
|Project Name||Macquarie Park Village|
|Architect||Allen Jack + Cottier|
|Location||Macquarie Park, NSW|
|Product||ExoTec Panel and System|
Architects Allen Jack+Cottier designed the form to ‘de-formalize’ the typically rigid and repetitive facades found on multi-unit residential developments to create an organic community, each with its own unique look whilst still being cohesive; the communities are designed as a ‘family of buildings’, each with its character but sharing a common architectural language. Alternative lifestyle choices and building typologies are available in the development, which also focused on making sure the housing is appropriate to the local market and context and includes many environmentally sustainable design features.
James Hardie’s personalized express jointed cladding system ExoTec Cladding was selected for the facade for its versatility, color and texture customizability. The ExoTec Facade Panel and Fixing System has expressed joints, allowing for a breakdown of the scale of the facades with staggered joints and panels cut to considered sizes for the proportion of the panelized system relative to the adjacent materials and finishes. The color palette draws inspiration from the Australian bush, and along with a variety of materials and textures, helps to break up the mass of the buildings.
The selection of the lightweight and paneled façade facilitated the accelerated approach and brought the design to life while savings in terms of time and waste. To minimize waste the façade panels were designed as modules to suit sheet sizes, and the ExoTec Cladding panels were then painted on site. The installation team was able to cover large expanses of areas over relatively short periods of time allowing the facades to be completed earlier than an alternative installation system.