Waimarama Surf Club
Natural timber softens the hard concrete and steel exterior of the Surf Club, with Vulcan Screening in a Silicate finish for a low maintenance finish
When designing the Waimarama Surf Club in Hawkes Bay, architects Paris Magdalinos were looking to soften the hard concrete and steel exterior.
Natural timber screening was specified, however the challenge was to find a product that would provide the necessary durability in this harsh isolated coastal environment.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified Vulcan Screening provided an excellent solution due the stability of the thermally modified timber combined with engineered vertical grain pattern.
The timber was factory finished with a Silicate finish which protects the timber while allowing it to silver off gracefully with very low maintenance.
The Silicate finish is a factory applied three coat system. The first two coats are a water-soluble alkaline silicate that penetrate the timber, forming insoluble silica particles inside the wood. The final coat is a water-based silane emulsion that forms a flexible, water-repellent silica network inside the surface layers.
The protective properties of this finish are impressive – lasting up to ten years for decking and 15 for cladding, i.e. up to four times the lifespan of current coatings.
Importantly, the product is totally biocide and emission-free, and can be cured without heating and applied to wet/damp wood, reducing energy costs.
The Silicate finish allows the natural beauty of the wood to show through, without the common blackening seen in exterior applications.
In 2017, the Waimarama Surf Tower picked up a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Award for Small Project Architecture.