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  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - Bowral Bricks | designplace
    I don t think Frank Gehry actually owns a 90 degree set square mused Brian Moore the UTS executive project manager on ABC radio Gehry s design required brickwork that curves in three dimensions not only horizontally but also vertically There lies the problem Conventional brickwork is constructed by laying one brick on top of another joined by mortar But by the time the bricklayer has laid the tenth course the mortar on the lower courses has hardened to the point where it will support the weight above without sagging or collapsing Prefabricated Buildings in Bowral Prefabricated Buildings in Bowral Substantial areas of brickwork in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building are not vertical but actually progressively sloping outwards toward or away from the bricklayer at about 26 degrees from the vertical This is called corbelling but it is normally confined to use in arches or as a decorative single course of brickwork In the UTS building unless the brickwork is somehow restrained the force of gravity would cause it to collapse before the mortar had set The brick engineering was quite a complicated feature of the building perhaps one of the most complicated in the history of bricks says Ken Morkaya head of AECOM s Building Engineering Group commissioned directly by UTS to develop the brickwork system Like all brick walling whether veneer or double brick a cavity separates the inner and outer walls of the Gehry building to allow any moisture that may penetrate the wall to drain to the outside The inner skin is prefabricated from steel and defines the meandering curves of the walling design The outer face of the steel is coated with a waterprooofing membrane Conventional brickwork uses wall ties that sit in the mortar bed and are fixed to either the timber frame or in the case of double brick walling to the inner skin of bricks Once the mortar hardens the tie is locked into place The essential difference in this design and this is the key engineering development that gives integrity to the brickwork is that the tie is locked into a channel in the brick Each tie is then connected back to the inner steel structure located in a small carrier The position of each carrier was precisely calculated by the designers and they were attached to the steel inner skin during fabrication The ties are adjustable to allow for variations in the cavity width Additionally a heavy gauge stainless steel wire is located in the channel running the length of the section of brickwork It too is locked into place by the adjustable nuts on each tie Finally a special mortar was developed for the project by AECOM s Advanced Materials division It may seem logical to use something like a fast setting glue but this is almost impossible for the bricklayer to work with The solution was to tweak a conventional mortar recipe to combine increased strength with workability Dr Chau Chak Wing Building Steel Fabricators Bowral Each

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  • Darius Wells Library - Austral Bricks | designplace
    of community services organisations The building is fully integrated with the adjacent new Town Square creating a dynamic new meeting place within a cultural civic recreational and commercial precinct The Centre also creates a unique landmark identity in relation to facilities both existing and proposed as part of the City s town centre revitalisation program As the City of Kwinana has one of the youngest demographics in WA the Centre provides much needed services and resources in the rapidly growing community Materials selected for the project were required to be robust and easily maintainable The dynamic building form provided exciting opportunities for the use of diverse materials and playfulness in the use of colour texture and varying surface finishes Feature glazed stack bond brickwork utilising multiple colour selections with simple patterning provided an opportunity for a lively street level elevation treatment Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL BRICKS BURLESQUE HIGH GLOSS CLAY BRICKS Exclusive to Austral Bricks Burlesque will add a celebration of colour to your new project These glamorous fully glazed high gloss bricks are available in range of enticing colours Colour Deepening Green Indulgent White Chilling Black Brushed Leather Karrington Silver MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just

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  • Studio Nine - Austral Bricks Elements | designplace
    households and allowing what has been an enclosed industrial site for over a century to embrace the neighbourhood and be embraced in return Hayball is responsible for the architecture of the subsequent stages Stage Two of the project was recently completed with the opening of five medium to high density apartment buildings surrounding Wertheim Square and bounded on two street frontages by 27 townhouses Another 10 townhouses will be built in the same bricks in Stage Three and a further 20 are anticipated in a future stage The townhouses provide a reference and a scale to the cottages in Stawell Street and Wertheim Street and to Richmond generally says Hayball director Rob Stent Thomas Gilbert leads the project team comprising Luc Baldi Helen Cheng Bianca Hung and Ann Lau We sought to imbue the project with the fine scale of small cottages in the local streetscape Stent adds This drove the team to seek a common palette of materials to give the townhouses a sense of composure and a sense of order within a diverse architectural form In effect the townhouses brickwork although the dominant facade material becomes a backdrop allowing the facade articulation diversity of heights and balcony and roof forms to come to the fore highlighted by secondary details such as doors letterboxes pelmets and climbing plants We played with the form rather than making it overtly colourful says Stent who contends that this gives a cinematic quality with the scenes revealing themselves as you walk along the street The bricks chosen for the townhouses are from Austral Bricks Elements series These are very non traditional units finished in a low sheen metallic glaze which put paid to the notion that bricks only come in red cream or brown Hayball s design team worked closely with Austral staff at The Brick Studio conveniently located in Swan Street just around the corner from the Studio Nine site Two colours were chosen Zinc the darker main colour accented by the lighter Mercury The Elements Zinc brickwork sits neatly with the zinc roofing and upper level features The colour also draws on the local heritage of quarrying basalt bluestone for use as a building material There was a small pit long forgotten on the Studio Nine site Townhouse accommodation varies from one to three bedrooms over two or three levels All have one or two car garages accessible from rear lanes and allowing direct entry into the house All townhouses are sold on a freehold basis A very different brick was chosen to clad the four storey apartment building at 10 Jago Street on the corner of Kennedy Avenue Stent calls this a highlight building We wanted to distinguish it because of its prominent engagement with the existing public street They chose Bowral Bricks Charolais Cream a premium quality dry pressed clay brick to give the building its distinct character We chose Charolais Cream as a means to highlight the masonry qualities that you can find in brickwork says Stent pointing

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  • Nepean Hospital - Austral Precast Concrete | designplace
    therapeutic internal courtyards Patients are encouraged to wander in loops through the courtyards and engage with the landscaping The most striking building element is the precast concrete walling substantial areas of which are decorated with a bamboo pattern that is debossed engraved into the concrete surface All precast panels plain and patterned are finished in a pleasant coppery green colour applied on site using Austral Precast s PermaTint process The use of the green patterned walling is most effective around the building entrance on the long street elevation and most especially in the therapeutic courtyards where the colour and texture blend happily with the landscaping Nepean Mental Health Centre Nepean Hospital Mental Health It s well accepted that colour has a direct effect on a person s wellbeing You can see it in our language colours are judged as warm or cold and we talk of feeling blue seeing red or being in a black mood Green is the benign colour of nature and has long been favoured as a positive colour giving permission and safety think green light green card green room green with envy The Nepean green was custom formulated to an approved sample The gold bronze base is topped with a non metallic weathered green In certain lighting conditions the metallic base colour becomes more prominent The concrete panels were cast at Austral Precast s state of the art facility in Wetherill Park NSW The bamboo pattern is the result of a rubber formliner that is placed in the base of the casting form or mould This is a process Austral Precast calls PermaForm part of their PermaTech suite of precast concrete panel treatments and finishes A remarkable range of standard formliner patterns is available from abstract geometrics to brick stone and timber and in a variety

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  • Halo on Mount - Austral Precast Concrete Panels | designplace
    proceed His current business operations are divided into two streams Baltinas Architecture and Baltinas Made under the collective banner of Baltinas Team We enjoy what we do as a studio we love our architectural work we re very passionate about it Barry says adding that it is important to work with like minded clients who appreciate architecture But I have found that by doing our own projects under the Baltinas Made banner we get more freedom to do what we want Obviously there is more responsibility because it has to be financially viable or that dream will be deflated very quickly The latest Baltinas project is approaching completion in Mount Street West Perth adjacent to Kings Park Halo on Mount has 21 apartments and two penthouses over its nine levels The facade design is dotted by a series of circular windows contrasting with the linearity of expressed Wintergarden Balconies with openable sashless glazing that will allow use of these spaces across the seasons Austral Precast were contracted to manufacture the concrete wall panels at their plant in the south eastern Perth suburb of Maddington Production of the 597 panels took place over a twelve month period Austral Precast has done a great job because we have some challenges there with curves circular openings and the finishing Barry commends The round openings had to be particularly precise to accommodate the imported prefabricated windows The building s upper level is clad in curved precast panels It would have been cheaper to build the curved sections out of lightweight but we wouldn t accept that option because of the need to maintain structural and aesthetic integrity not just for first two or three years but over the long term The curved panels were cast in specially made steel forms using surprisingly conventional techniques The steel reinforcement is wired into place and the form flooded with a slightly denser than usual concrete mix The manufacturing team then works quickly to ensure the concrete is evenly dispersed and vibrated to expel any entrapped air pockets Austral Precast Delivers Innovative and Environmental Precast Solutions to Ground Breaking Perth Development Halo on Mount Australia s leading manufacturer of precast concrete walling and flooring solutions Austral Precast has partnered with Baltinas Architects for Perth s latest innovation in sustainable residential housing Halo on Mount helping to resolve some key design and environmental challenges The development which comprises 21 apartments two penthouses and a café has been designed as a sustainable timeless architectural statement responding to cues from its parkland surroundings on Mount Street Meanwhile the development s Unique façade of halo circular windows draws on the dynamic Perth cityscape creating an ever changing pattern of light and shade The complexity of the façade presented a unique design challenge demanding the highest level of engineering skill for the design and manufacture of the precast mould Baltinas Architects drew upon the expertise of the Austral Precast WA team who engineered an innovative precast solution which creates a seemingly random pattern

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  • Kensington Colleges - Premium Clay Bricks | designplace
    and Goldstein colleges have group balconies whereas Colombo House has individual balconies as befits its senior students Fig Tree Hall specifically designed for the needs of Islamic students is located on an elevated corner to increase privacy Brickwork was an obvious choice it is the predominant material on the campus and the University is attracted to high quality low maintenance finishes We agreed quite early on that brickwork s robustness its tactile quality and its consistency with the surrounding context meant that it had to be the predominant facade material says Matthew Allen Bates Smart s design leader for the 110 million project The project director was Guy Lake and Robert Graham was the project leader Allen had used glazed bricks while working in the UK and was attracted by what he calls the playful quality in their colour and reflection The designers chose a broad colour palette of bricks both glazed and conventional to link back to the existing campus buildings while allowing the creation of an individual identity for each of the new colleges Part of the architectural challenge was to synthesise the different bricks so there was a similarity between the colleges and just enough difference to identify them individually he adds A number of prototype panels were constructed to finalise colour combinations and perfect techniques before the process of laying just under half a million bricks began The key to understanding the facade design is the use of three very different design approaches Firstly the top level external facades are rectilinear and apply a consistent brick palette to unite the appearance of the five colleges For that we selected a blend of three face bricks to respect the original clinker brickwork of the Dining Hall Allen explains Typically this is 60 30 10 mix of Bowral Purpose Made Commons Bowral Simmental Silver and Austral Bricks Ultra Smooth Tempo respectively On the upper levels in the courtyards of the four undergraduate colleges each of the facetted facades use a blend of three glazed bricks to reflect light and give a playful expression of light and shade Two of these bricks are common across all colleges at this level a 60 30 blend of Dynasty glazed bricks in Brushed Leather and Karrington Silver The junior partner in this blend comes from the Burlesque glazed brick series and gives that elusive touch of individuality to the building Basser College Basser Burgundy custom colour Fig Tree Hall Deepening Green standard colour Goldstein College Bursting Orange custom colour Philip Baxter College Ocean Blue custom colour These signature colours are picked up at the podium level usually as the background colour the exception being Fig Tree Hall where it appears in the three course band against a background of custom made glazed bricks in two green shades The blend in the courtyard facade of Colombo House is more sober with a 60 30 10 mix of Dynasty glazed bricks in Brushed Leather Karrington Silver and Indulgent White respectively The podium level is

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  • Kwinana Training Facility - Austral Bricks Burlesque | designplace
    the heavy industry that is Kwinana s lifeblood It s a dusty windswept site but the new landscaping planted around the training facility will eventually soften that impact The southern half of the broad single level building is clad in pre finished fibre cement panels This is the business end of the building housing classrooms an office and a technical room with links to a dedicated 300 metre section of rail track simulating a typical metro line with a level crossing and signalling The primary architectural impact is reserved for the northern half of the facility its public face which is clad in Austral Bricks Burlesque high gloss bricks in the appropriately named Chilling Black The black is a very confident colour that stands its ground well Coniglio comments adding It was about making a strong statement without overdoing it Amplifying the effect is the brickwork pattern chosen stack bonding Conventional brickwork is laid in a stretcher bond that is with alternate courses offset by a half brick The stack bond pattern reinforces the rectilinear form of that part of the building Coniglio considers Kwinana Training Facility Design Austral Bricks Burlesque Possibly the most dramatic element of this facade is the massive reveal spanning 76 brick widths or over 18 metres And most surprising of all the six courses of brickwork appear to have no visible mean of support That s quite an achievement The engineered solution is a structural steel fascia with angle steels top and bottom that acts like a large parallel flange channel restraining the brickwork top and bottom and effectively clamping it into place The resulting broad reveal allows excellent northern light penetration into the building assisted by clerestory windows that run above the west east central corridor separating the two halves of the building The

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  • Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit - Clay Bricks | designplace
    such an eye catching appearance Health projects come under a really tight budget says Woods Bagot associate Mohammed Khaled and you have to start thinking of creative ways of making the buildings more interesting His solution was to use the modularity inherent in brickwork to create a series of seemingly random pixellated patterns The factor that varies this patterning is a little unusual and will be revealed later Why brick is a simpler matter Conceptually we wanted to have a building that was on a scale sympathetic to the surroundings So obviously this influenced the height roof forms and the choice of walling material namely brick The dominant brick is Austral Bricks Burlesque a fully glazed clay masonry unit in Smashing Blue an obvious colour choice for a coastal location Sole use of the glossy blue bricks may have been visually overwhelming However they came into their own as part of a mottled pattern when teamed with more conventional bricks in blacks browns and greys So what was the factor used as the design variable for the brickwork patterning We had a bit of a play on the roofs says Khaled As you walk around the buildings you can appreciate how we shaped the roofs They are your normal hip roof but we did a bit more pushing and shoving to bring natural light into the centre of the building And we played on that in the walling Woy Woy Rehab Hospital Using Rhino 3D modelling software the designers drew deviation lines that essentially followed the roof lines above each wall In effect it s a mirror of what the roof does above In some cases where it was an end of a wall that s where the concentration of blue bricks was intense on one side and started vanishing towards the end The blue is at its most prominent at the entrance and all but disappears at back of house areas We wanted the blue bricks where we could see them at the entry sides and the back where patients are The lines follow the roof in most cases and sometimes just disappear when they need to at the end of a wall While the software indicated how many Smashing Blue bricks were needed in a section of walling and the line their placement was to follow the final creative control was left to the bricklayer Although it would have been possible to detail every brick placement this solution was more practical and added another creative dimension The design makes further use of brickwork s modularity to create hit and miss or perforated walling which allows light penetration and ventilation while maintaining privacy A section of hit and miss features in the southern wall separating the two residential pods It allows light into the maintenance access courtyard and the adjacent glass link Another hit and miss wall flanks the staff courtyard We wanted to give it some privacy but not kill it from the ventilation and light point of

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