The Caulfield House, Melbourne (Australia)


The Caulfield House, Melbourne (Australia)

The daring design of this house plays on variations in volumes, clear shapes and the use of durable  materials, both raw and refined, and provides a sound balance between the street and the  surrounding buildings. 






Architect: Bower Architecture, Installer: First Impressions Projects
Technique: VMZINC® Interlocking panel, Surface aspect: ANTHRA-ZINC®


The sculptural forms and the internal opening of this residential building attract interest while preserving privacy. This description of the Caulfield House in Melbourne prefigures a successful result for a building combining natural light and passive ventilation. The building envelope combines zinc, wood and concrete, creating a passive yet harmonious shape. The surfaces are interlinked with one another giving the impression of two open “arms” welcoming visitors. The zinc cladding was the key element in the project. While many metals give a depersonalized feel to residential projects, the soft and subtle reflections of zinc here provide a model for the strong sophisticated lines of the building envelope.



The architect's vision

The client specified a timeless cladding material that is durable and requires little or no maintenance.  We suggested zinc and he was convinced by the samples presented, examples of use of the material and the interlocking panel installation system. Variations in the width of the profiles were used to avoid the risk of the cladding resembling a regular monotonous grid.


Technical focus

The zinc form was designed to wrap around the construction, giving it the appearance of a monolith. The junction details between the various zinc sections were finalized so as to give an impression of continuity.


The system applied

The interlocking panel cladding system is suitable for flat facades mounted on an external framework in wood or metal, for new buildings and renovations. It can be installed horizontally or vertically.