Waimarama Surf Club - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Natural timber softens the hard concrete and steel exterior of the Surf Club, with Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x coating.

Project details

Paris Magdalinos
Vulcan Screening (BAND4S 68x42) in Sioo:x Wood Coating
Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay

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 Sioo:x which protects the timber while allowing it to silver off gracefully.

Sioo:x 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 Sioo:x 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.

Sioo:x 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.

Project Revisit Waimarama Surf Club Abodo Wood
Five years on. The natural tendency of thermally modified wood to silver off when exposed to UV - works synergistically with Sioo:x


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Vulcan Screening in Protector Natural Abodo Wood
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Abodo Wood sioox
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