ST KILDA WEST RESIDENCEContemporary Exterior, Melbourne
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Oversize diamond-shaped zinc shingles were used to great effect on the rear extension of this home in Melbourne’s St Kilda West. Their futuristic styling lends an element of sophistication to the exterior, contrasting with the red brick of the original home. Good to know:Little maintenance is required (a quick wash and it’s good as new).Some metals, such as zinc, will develop a patina over time.Some manufacturers offer products made from recycled metals.Metal is waterproof and requires no further finishing once installed.
Zinc can come in the form of shingles or tiles, like in this house with diamond-shaped zinc cladding.5 Exterior Metal Cladding Types for a Flash Facade
One of the main challenges for the architects was connecting the new and the old parts of the property. The owners and architects alike were determined not to accept a conservative solution that continued the aesthetics of the existing dwelling and failed to bring any drama or impact. Both areas had to retain a sense of individual character while working together to balance each other. As a result, old-style metal shingle tiles were used on the new extension to create a clean delineation between old and new, while still being sympathetic to the surrounding neighbourhood character.
The exterior facade of this Melbourne house is clad with dark zinc shingles. They have the deceptive appearance of paper-thin fish scales, while recessed windows reveal the greater depth of the wall.Tell usDo you think shingles are a good choice for a modern home? Tell us in the Comments section below. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to like, bookmark or share this story. Join the conversation. MoreRead more building stories