The MPavilion - Melbourne, Australia
The stunning new MPavilion showcases the striking lines of Vulcan eco-timber screening.
The stunning new MPavilion was officially opened in October – the fifth in the ongoing series of temporary structures in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, this time designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós.
Carme is celebrated internationally for her interests in urban liveability and inclusivity, as well as experimentation and poetic, experiential design.
She had a strong vision for the pavilion, based on its location amongst nature, how it would be a place of activity and connection, and its backdrop against the Melbourne skyline.
The same material, Vulcan Screening, was used for the roof and the walls, blending at deceptively clever angles to make the legs and roof. Vulcan Screening is made from sustainably sourced, FSC® certified eco-timber – and is a fitting choice for a structure that celebrates nature, people and beauty for a lifetime.
The light weight Vulcan Screening has the dimensional stability to cope with notoriously hot Victorian summers.
The pavilion, so beautifully and thoughtfully designed, gives the people of Melbourne a place to come together for a wide variety of activities.
In the words of Carme Pinós – it’s a place that is very sensitive to the changes in nature, where people can observe the rain, see the change of light and movement of shadows, and opens up to the garden and the view. Each moment in the pavilion will be different.
Abodo supplied Vulcan Screening to the project in collaboration with Australian distributor - Britton Timbers.
Timber finish - Resene
Photography - John Gollings
Timelapse - Construction View
Construction - Kane Constructions
Roscommon House - Western Australia
The rich tones of Vulcan timber make the Roscommon House an inspirational example of timber integration and versatility.
The Roscommon House is constructed primarily from concrete, with a large amount continuing from the outside-in and featuring in the house’s interior design.
Despite appearing as a concrete building from the outside, the interiors are remarkably warm, a result achieved through the extensive use of timber.
This project is a demonstration of how versatile timber is in the different forms it has been used.
The textures and colours can be paired with opposing materials (in this case; concrete, brass and stone), to produce a much richer environment and harmony through the intricacy of detailing.
Vulcan timber was selected for its beautiful, consistent colour tones.
Materials to last many generations
The Roscommon House is designed and built to last many generations, and as such needed conviction in the material selection, both from a structural and moral standpoint.
The selection of long-lasting, low maintenance materials contributes thermal mass, maintaining stable internal temperatures regardless of the season. Insulation– both thermal and acoustic– adds to indoor comfort throughout the year.
Walls and ceilings have been designed as a series of unadulterated planes and blocks of interlocking sculptural shapes, further emphasised through services and lighting being generally discreet or even hidden.
The timber cabinetwork and timber clad wall elements read as one to simplify the visual reading of spaces. The fluid kitchen island bench with the hovering stone top reflects the local iconic beachside concrete kiosk building saved by the community.
Sustainably sourced timber
Timber in the project was sourced from certified plantations. Approximately 40% of the timber in the project was Vulcan scotia or boards and is produced from FSC® Certified Forests.
A cosy timber reading room
The Reading Room in Roscommon House is an intimate space. There is no exposed concrete like elsewhere in the house, and a combination of timber and colour has been used to create a cosy environment.
All walls except one are clad in Vulcan timber scotia battens and are broken up by recessed display and book shelving.
Timber kitchen genius
The kitchen of Roscommon House features extensive amounts of timber and marble surfaces, balancing hard and soft materials. The texture of the marble within the smooth surfaces contrasts with that created by the profile of the Vulcan timber scotia battens.
The battens are a thermally modified product originally from plantation Pine. The consistency offered by this process meant that nothing detracted from the texture created by the batten profile. The battens have also been integrated into the fridge/ freezer doors and the cavity sliding door to the pantry.
Utilising the individual unit of the scotia batten the sculptural form of the island bench has been clad, relating the external roof forms of the building whilst continuing to add warmth to the interiors.
Floreat House - Perth, Western Australia
This luxury home showcases clever design, premium timbers and expert construction to create a stunningly beautiful look
The cleverly detailed lining feature, in Vulcan Panelling with a clear finish, will require little to no maintenance.
The matching garage door is seamless, with Vulcan Cladding finished in Teak.
Timber supplied by Abodo’s Western Australia distributor, Austim.
Sandstone Point Hotel - Queensland, Australia
The project’s stunning exterior is clad in Abodo’s Vulcan Cladding.
Sandstone Point Hotel - Project Revisit: after two years, the timber cladding has silvered off to an attractive, low maintenance patina.
Pottsville Home - New South Wales, Australia
A mixed palette of cladding materials and natural timber features sets this home apart.
This beachfront home in northern New South Wales uses a selection of durable cladding materials – including Vulcan Cladding WB12 in random width as a feature.
The Vulcan Cladding is finished in Teak Protector Oil, and will gradually lighten over the lifespan of the home.
Ceiling features are in Vulcan Lining in TG9 – with Clear Protector Oil finish.
Vulcan timber is thermally modified, resulting in enhanced stability and durability which is perfect for hot coastal climates. Vulcan is also sustainably sourced and FSC® certified, an important consideration for these eco-minded homeowners.