Timber-look aluminium battens serve up a visual feast at Docklands apartment

883 Collins St Docklands. Apartment Pool Amenities

Sydney-based architecture practice Koichi Takada is known for their use of timber to create calm and elegant interiors. But when it came to designing the pool common area of a luxury apartment in Melbourne’s Docklands, they had to find a product that would be materially appropriate for the context.


Given the high humidity of a pool setting, the use of timber would not have been practical or durable, as wood would warp over time. Without straying away from their signature warm materiality, the design team chose Covet’s Japanese-made Ever Art Wood® batten cladding — a lightweight, high-quality aluminium product with a photorealistic timber finish.

The Kabebari system selected features a versatile 30x50 two-section profile, was easily installed on the walls and ceilings of the pool area. The ‘male’ section was screwed to the ceiling, and the female section was slot in over the top. This allowed all evidence of screws to be hidden, creating perfect lines and detailing around the area’s columns and sloped walls. The result is a visually rich and engaging space.

Compared to other wood-look timber alternatives that can have an unrealistic sheen, the Ever Art Wood series provides a realistic matte timber aesthetic. The product is virtually maintenance free, dimensionally accurate, and performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1).

Cladding profile

Ever Art Wood® 


Kabebari concealed fix 30x50 batten

Surpuringu Oku

Subtle texture


Photography: © James Park