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  • Mabel Fidler Building - Bowral Blue Bricks | designplace
    had other ideas Menden recalls The students prevailed The chosen site was restricted due to its proximity to the school oval and the adjacent Centenary Centre which prompted the building s shallow vee plan The Mabel Fidler Building is at the heart of the school Senior school classrooms are grouped around the lower courtyard with the main reception administration cafeteria senior student lounge and staff areas on level one within the base structure The lower level walling comprises an inner skin of 200 mm thick reinforced concrete 45 mm polystyrene foam insulation a 45 mm cavity and an outer skin of Bowral Blue dry pressed bricks This in turn supports the upper level steel framing and roof structure The cantilevered top level which houses the Learning Resource Centre a series of flexible learning spaces meeting and assembly rooms and multimedia areas is clad in hollow translucent polycarbonate panels Translucent glass on the inner face further diffuses the light and can be used as a whiteboard Although the site dates back over a century much of the campus was built in brick in the second half of the last century The Mabel Fidler Building base brickwork acknowledges this heritage It is saying this is a new time for Ravenswood this is a modern building which has a link to the existing buildings by the brick base but is different to the rest of the campus Menden contends The brickwork theme was also continued with the use of clay pavers which flow from the exterior into the cafeteria and through to the senior student lounge and staff area The designers wanted the walling and paving to be unified in colour and form requiring the bricks and pavers to be the same colour length and set out to align across both planes BVN Architects and ESD Landscape Contractors approached Austral Bricks We didn t want a standard paver because the size was different and the look would be different says Knut Menden Our first thought was to use standard bricks laid on edge so essentially it looks exactly like the wall This proved unviable as it increased slab thickness Austral Bricks offered to cut bricks in half at the factory and then decided to manufacture a special unit 230 mm long by 76 mm high and 55 mm wide The pavers are laid on a base of cementstabilised sand and the 10 mm gaps slurry filled with a grout matched to the mortar colour of the walling The set out was controlled by a stringline grid assisted by the six metre grid used throughout the building We had minor problems when trying to align with other architectural features such as columns says Jeremy Winer managing director of ESD Landscape Contractors Austral Bricks has developed the half brick paver format into a standard product range called the Bowral Bricks Hamlet Collection comprising three standard colours Blue used in the Ravenswood project Sepia brown and Ash grey Custom colours are available for larger projects Overall

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  • College Library & Cafe - Terraçade Terracotta | designplace
    library and cafe The brief required the new work to have a contemporary aesthetic while respecting the original campus buildings The concrete framed structure is clad in rendered masonry to the lower level while the upper level is framed in structural steel and clad in Terraçade terracotta facade system Terraçade tiles are classified as Exposure Grade and are therefore highly suitable for a saline environment such as this The choice of colour Tanami reinterprets the school s heritage character and particularly the terracotta roofing Despite the harsh conditions the finish of the facade tiles will endure Intriguingly the design picks up on Geraldton s maritime heritage with a portion of the building cantilevered at a 60 degree angle implying a ship s prow From a distance the building appears to float above the ground Engineered details were developed to enable Terraçade to be fixed in the cantilevered sections replacing the fibre cement sheeting originally specified Anti lift off angles were installed on every tile in the cantilevered sections to prevent uplift movement caused by dynamic wind loads Anti rattle sponges were also installed to minimise or eliminate rattling These unique engineering details were reviewed by Connell Wagner and guaranteed by Austral Facades Externally the former bitumen paved quadrangle was transformed into a green plaza sheltered from the prevailing sea breezes The library and cafe development at Geraldton Senior College creates a more sophisticated and mature zone for students who are on the verge of adulthood to socialise and develop Terraçade is exclusively distributed within Australia by Alucobond More information including comprehensive technical manuals and more design ideas at www terracade com au Gallery Featured Products TERRAÇADE TN Developed in Australia the Terraçade facade tile system combines the long life and low maintenance of genuine fired terracotta with the design and

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/college-library-cafe/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Forrest Library - Terracade Facade System | designplace
    lightweight cladding commencing above the window heads As well as a 1500 square metre library the 16 million complex houses an IT centre 27 classrooms student cafe meeting rooms uniform shop and support rooms The overall building is rectilinear but punctuated with pop out semi circular classrooms which CHRISTOU describe as a tool to encourage students to group and collaborate Again Terraçade was chosen as the cladding material for its low maintenance requirements and clean natural aesthetic which blends with the character of the exiting campus especially the adjoining brick dining hall The colonnade pillars are also clad in Terraçade over precast concrete The colour chosen Gibson is again in the traditional terracotta spectrum but more towards orange Possibly the most unusual feature of this building is the use of Italian made extruded terracotta louvres set at fixed angles and supported on concealed steel frames The Forrest Library is a flexible facility that promotes individual and group learning and caters to today s more wide ranging teaching demands The selection and detailing of materials demonstrates craftsmanship and quality of the first order The Forrest Library won the AIA WA Chapter 2010 Design Award for Public Architecture Gallery Featured Products TERRAÇADE

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  • Willoughby Uniting Church - Panels & Bricks| designplace
    cladding Austral Facades Terraçade terracotta facade system visually links the new building with the heritage buildings and the Federation era neighbourhood The structure uses precast concrete panels manufactured prefinished and installed by Austral Precast Austral Bricks Bowral Simmental Silver dry pressed bricks also feature in this project The staged installation of the concrete panels was constrained by the site and its suburban location There were a few very big lifts because of the tight site access says builder Adam Donnelly The final product was finished to a high standard and the parishioners are ecstatic commends Rev Michael Thomas Gallery Featured Products PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS Austral Precast is Australia s largest manufacturer of precast concrete panels a cost effective solution for the industrial commercial and residential markets The company has manufacturing facilities in Queensland New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia Colour Off white MORE ON THIS PRODUCT BOWRAL DRY PRESSED The crisp edges and deep earthy colours of Bowral dry pressed bricks blend style and function to present a clean modern aesthetic These premium quality bricks are available across Australia in standard 76 mm thickness and in a slim 50 mm format Colour Simmental Silver MORE ON THIS PRODUCT TERRAÇADE

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/willoughby-uniting-church/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Mornington Centre - Austral Bricks Nubrik | designplace
    firm Lyons proposed a building looking more like a beach house than a hospital Timber wasn t feasible but Corbett Lyon recalled receiving a pattern embossed brick from architectural academic Dr Derham Groves We thought let s do a brick building but make it look like timber Austral Bricks was invited to join a team which developed the idea into a hardwood flooring analogy comprising three planks each of two brick colours one plain and one embossed laid such that the ends line up randomly like finger jointing Despite being just two millimetres wide the embossed concentric circles are sharply resolved Corbett Lyon described Austral Bricks as an innovative partner and praised the bricklayers saying they did a great job they re a great little team Gallery Featured Products NUBRIK CLASSIC230 In a homogeneous world it s refreshing to find a truly authentic product The rich earthy colours of Nubrik Classic230 pressed bricks are as natural as the minerals they are made from These solid honest bricks exude quality and will maintain their appeal and durability for generations Colours Parchment Cream Mid Coffee Full strength Coffee and Manganese MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/mornington-centre/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Max Webber Library - Terracade XP | designplace
    lending and browsing areas The other finished in Terraçade XP facade tiles houses the book stacks and a multi function centre The Terraçade tiles give a warmth to the building contrasting with the metallic character of the louvres and the transparency of the glass says project architect Lance White Terracotta is a maintenance free product It is robust and durable and has a very long life span Construction wise it was fairly seamless It s a well thought out product he adds The Terraçade system was very easy to construct and everything worked well Aesthetically the product was specifically chosen for its natural qualities which like clay bricks has minor colour variance which enriches its character rather than a flat monotone manufactured colour All in all White concludes I think it is a successful product Gallery Featured Products TERRAÇADE XP Developed in Australia by Austral Bricks the Terraçade facade tile system combines the long life and low maintenance of genuine fired terracotta with the design and construction efficiencies of a lightweight cladding system Colour Pilbarra Linear MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Leave a Comment Cancel reply Related Projects Platform Apartments

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/max-webber-library/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Caulfield Park Pavilion - Austral Bricks | designplace
    post tensioned floor slab The internal walls are concrete masonry blocks and the upper level is clad in aluminium panels The ground level brickwork of Austral Bricks Elements Zinc semi glazed bricks firmly anchors the base of the building and creates a neutral backdrop for the greenery and timber elements The western wall leading to the main entrance is spotted with Austral Bricks Burlesque high gloss bricks in Lively White and Chilling Black The white bricks in particular help to break down the walling mass The same bricks also highlight the toilet entrance on the south western corner making it highly visible to passersby Burlesque Lively White is a nice brick it s glossy fresh and clean commends David Newstead principal of Mantric Architecture Gallery Featured Products BURLESQUE 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 five enticing colours Colours Chilling Black Lively White MORE ON THIS PRODUCT ELEMENTS Elements bricks are an impressive and innovative architectural range Their beautiful matt and semi glazed faces impart a shimmering silk like finish and subtle sheen The unique metallic glaze of Zinc glistens by day

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  • The Cullen Hotel - Austral Bricks Elements | designplace
    Stelluto associate architect overseeing documentation were responsible for the design concept and development through to town planning approval Their work was then passed over to Capitol Commercial Architecture Asian Pacific Building Corporation s in house design department headed by Jeff Porter which took the project through the design development and construction phases Kennon describes the façade design as a very strong push and pull concept We were playing with depth The most prominent expressions of this are balconies expressed on the western façade and recessed along the Commercial Road frontage A conventional two dimensional façade wouldn t have the ability to cast shadows on itself he adds Although the building is not tall the brickwork gives it a more monolithic appearance We liked the idea of the bricks being able to connect right to the ground We wanted to feel the weight of the building for it to be well grounded and have a sense of mass Brick was the façade material of choice from the early concept meetings We liked the craftsmanship of brick and the fact that it s literally laid one by one so there s more of a finer grain to it Kennon reflects There is precedent for it standing the test of time so it gives the building longevity Detailed set out of the brick courses was essential in such a large construction to ensure corners ended on whole bricks Computer aided design allowed the placement of every brick to be readily detailed The brickwork sits on shelf angles at each level Mortar joint colour and finish is always an essential design consideration A dark charcoal colour was selected after site testing The joints have a shallow ironed half round finish It was a bold move for Jackson Clements Burrows to go with Elements Zinc

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/the-cullen-hotel/ (2016-04-29)
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