New development embraces curves with CodeMark Territory

Curved forms are making a welcome return in architecture, signalling a desire to move away from the conventional linear construction

The new Metropol Residence development is a stunning example of the effect curves can have on a building’s presence and streetscape.

Constructed by Trevor Homes, an award-wining specialised multi-unit builder, this high-end 4 storey townhouse development located southwest of Melbourne in the city of Geelong called for something special.


While timber was originally specified for the façade, concerns regarding combustibility saw the builders turn to our Cemintel Territory range, which is classified AS 5113 EW (External Walls) for fire compliance.

Offering unparalleled design flexibility, fibre cement is arguably one of the most flexible building materials available today, and the Cemintel Territory™ range in Woodlands Teak and Whitewash perfectly emulated the look of traditional wood systems, while delivering superior fire compliance and other performance benefits. It is also the only fibre cement product to achieve AS 5113 EW rating.

With curved lines, contrasting colours and wooden textures, the Metropol Residence features over 2,500sqm of Cemintel Territory Woodlands Teak and Whitewash pre-finished cladding system.

The benefits of this extraordinary range include:

  • Outstanding fire performance with an AS 5113 EW rating and Codemark certification
  • A variety of colours and simulated textures
  • Minimal ongoing maintenance
  • Ventilated cavity to keep your building dry
  • NichiGuard® stain resistant and self-cleaning coating
  • Weather and UV resistant
  • Simple clip fixing system
The art and architecture of Cemintel Territory curves

Combined with the emulated wooden texture, the curved facade creates a striking design feature. The curves soften the building’s impact, help the structure meld into the surrounding landscape and reflect a sense of fluidity and playfulness in the structure.

To achieve this faceted curve with Cemintel Territory, an ‘obtuse angle corner’ construction method was used. Minimum panel widths of 200mm were installed vertically, with all starter strips and flashing details cut to match the panel width. The panels were face fixed to the timber frame, creating the accurate sweeping curve.

The end result is a unique multi-townhouse development with a captivating external façade splashed with contemporary designer aesthetic.

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