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  • Blanca from the Pyrenees | designplace
    the Red Unit is devoted to research into milk production animal husbandry and the environmental impact of dairy farming the Blue Unit is the genetic laboratory and the Green Unit is the education centre The dairy farm complex is situated in a rural paradise at the foot of the mountains It comprises 13 buildings in all The education centre is constructed of concrete masonry while the other buildings are clad in metal sheets Blanca s education centre has four separate rectangular pavilions which sit on an X shaped concrete plinth There is a reception hall where the conferees are welcomed It also houses the centre s public toilets There are two classrooms that can each accommodate 40 people Both have large windows that provide great views of the picturesque natural surroundings Finally there is a fully equipped auditorium that can seat 70 people An expansive corrugated metal roof supported on freestanding circular steel columns hovers sublimely above the four pavilions Each pavilion has concrete block walls and a concrete slab ceiling The interiors of the four pavilions are lined with acoustic panels made of oak The slightly mottled grey concrete blocks perfectly match the silver grey corrugated metal roof Furthermore the building sparkles against the backdrop of vivid green pastures The decision to use concrete blocks as with any other decision about tectonics or materiality was determined by a complex array of factors Ahedo told me First we wanted the education centre to look different to the other buildings which are mainly barns and industrial facilities made of steel Second Ahedo wanted to maintain the architectural context of the region for the sake of coherence Most of the farms in the area are built of concrete blocks mainly due to economic reasons he said While they are widely regarded as a cheap material Ahedo also wanted to showcase the extraordinary functional and aesthetic properties of concrete masonry A third consideration was the skill of the local builders Unfortunately the standard of construction in the region is rather poor said Ahedo So he decided to use concrete blocks a material that the local builders were thoroughly familiar with Finally we thought that in order to make a good building with a prefab material everything would need to be very accurate especially the blocklaying Ahedo said The concrete blocks are plain not polished or modified in any way However we selected each block individually so that construction would be as precise as possible Ahedo s creative use of everyday building materials shows that thrifty choices need not lead to boring architecture Despite being constructed of exactly the same building materials Blanca s education centre does not remind me one bit of my old schools breezeways On the back of designing Blanca from the Pyrenees Ahedo won the 2014 Wheelwright Prize worth US 100 000 This very prestigious travel grant aims to foster investigative approaches to contemporary design It is awarded annually to promising early career architects by the Harvard Graduate School of

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  • New Design Presence Perth | designplace
    design precinct 490 Swan Street Richmond and Adelaide 392 South Road Richmond The network will be completed shortly with openings in Brisbane and Hobart New Design Presence in Perth s Premier Street The Perth Design Studio was designed by leading architects Fratelle Group reflecting Brickworks commitment to supporting and engaging with designers builders and home owners Upon entering through the heritage portal the space opens into an uncluttered arrangement of low key displays with the focus being on informal gathering spaces to allow customers and Studio consultants to discuss projects and requirements and select from the vast array of products marketed under the Brickworks Building Products banner A design highlight is a captivating multicoloured perforated brick wall inset with two large screens connected to iPads to allow viewing of plans and other imagery Keen eyes will admire nearby bespoke desks made from beautiful marri supplied by Auswest Timbers The space will also host events and presentations that will attract building industry professionals As well as catering facilities including a full size kitchen the Perth Design Studio has a technical library and two boardrooms set up for teleconferencing The Design Studio is a very exciting development for Brickworks as it provides the Brickworks brand with a premium street profile in a high end location The Brickworks Building Products Perth Design Studio is open Monday to Saturday from 10 til 6 and Sunday by appointment Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Brickworks Building Products Part of the Brickworks Limited Group Brickworks Building Products is one of Australia s largest and most diverse building material manufacturers Under the Brickworks Building Products umbrella are some of Australia s best known building materials brands Our products include bricks pavers masonry blocks retaining wall systems precast concrete panels concrete and terracotta

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  • Athens: New Tradition | designplace
    effect of the interior is one of warmth light and transparency and a richness of detail without ostentation The use of ceramic tiles as both roofing and wall cladding is consistent with Athanasopoulos s vision of combining traditional materials and construction techniques with contemporary design We are modern architects and we are trying to do modern designs he says simply But we are very open to using all sorts of traditional techniques and materials but in a way that brings something fresh and modern to the outcome To say that roof tiles are a traditional Greek building material is somewhat of an understatement Archaeological excavations in Greece have found fired terracotta roof tiles dating back to the third millennium BC The spread of roof tiles throughout Greece and across the Mediterranean region was simultaneous with the rise of monumental architecture beginning in about 600 BC that came to define ancient Greece and ultimately global architecture for millennia to come The Kostala house s structure is conventional for Greece at least although very different from Australian residential construction practice The floor slabs roof slab and reinforced concrete frame beams and columns were formed and cast on site Timber is expensive and scarce The infill walling of insulated cavity brickwork is plastered internally and stucco rendered to the exterior all traditional materials and techniques The architect acted as project manager supervising trades and scheduling materials Not appointing a head contractor is standard practice in Greece even on a substantial residential project such as this As in Australia issues of sustainability and energy efficiency are uppermost in the minds of architects and home owners The high thermal mass of the Kostala house ticks a key passive design box as does insulation walls and roof orientation light penetration and ventilation thermal chimney As in Australia issues of sustainability and energy efficiency are uppermost in the minds of architects and home owners The high thermal mass of the Kostala house ticks a key passive design box as does insulation walls and roof orientation light penetration and ventilation thermal chimney The complex curve of the reinforced concrete roof slab created some design and construction challenges However the actual tiling was surprisingly straightforward The selected tiles have a Roman profile similar to Bristile Roofing s Curvado from the La Escandella Ceramica premium terracotta roof tile collection The underlying roof structure is a sandwich sitting on 50x50mm timber studs fixed at 600m mm centres to the reinforced concrete roof slab To this is fixed 50mm rigid insulation 20mm plywood sheathing a waterproof membrane 12x50mm marine ply spacers again at 600mm centres and finally timber roof battens Each ceramic roof tile is nail fixed at a single point and the tile nose adhered to the underlying tile with an epoxy resin Technicalities aside it is the dramatic expression of this roof wall cladding that is the design s signature It forms a rainscreen that contributes to the house s environmental performance while giving the visual impression of a seamless

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  • Building Character-Filled Interiors | designplace
    many building materials that require constant refinishing in a beachside locations concrete masonry and clay bricks are self finished and most are rated as resistant to salt attack The Wall was the appropriate name for Scott Salisbury s distinctive Adelaide home that features a two storey central spine wall constructed in large format clay blocks The massive wall effectively cleaves the floor plan punctuated here and there with large openings and popping up as a backdrop in every room including the upper level bedrooms and ensuites The tan brick colour and light mortar colour are picked up in decor and furnishings and complementary interior finishes Once again the internal placement of this large mass has the potential to enhance the building s thermal performance The Aperture House by Cox Rayner Architects in collaboration with Twofold Studio is a celebration of internal face brickwork in all its forms The winner of this year s Horbury Hunt Residential Award part of the Think Bricks Awards the design fully exploits the modular diversity inherent in brickwork with hit andmiss perforated walling open perpends and brick flooring in an extension that adds utility and character while linking the renovated inner Brisbane worker s cottage to a revitalised back garden There s full coverage of this exciting project on page 26 of this issue of designmag but the Think Brick Awards jury comments described it best as A series of artful and finely crafted brick elements create spaces edges and openings that are inherently adaptable and atmospheric The takeaway from these examples if that there are no hard and fast rules when using clay bricks or concrete masonry for internal walling It can be a small feature wall or a whole house or anywhere in between Choose a single solid colour Or don t Large format masonry units clay or concrete look great So do standard brick sizes As does mixing the two sizes with alternating bands Some designs and designers favour flush mortar joints Another may rake back some or all joints to create shadow lines The Pullenvale House rakes the horizontal or bed joints but not the vertical or perpend joints to subtly accent the brickwork s horizontality Colour match the mortar to the unit If you wish or you can contrast Again it s your call A further approach is shown in the Pullenvale House by Arkhefield also covered in more detail on page 92 of this issue of designmag which features a long 40 metre wall that defines the southern boundary and acts as an internal circulation corridor facilitating access to the linear room programming spread along the north Architect Karen Ognibene saw brickwork as just a way of bringing the landscape into the house while enhancing texture without adding to the material palette Finally Judd Lysenko Marshall Architects took that modularity to the max in the Pane House creating vibrant splashes of colour that run through the interior and exterior see inside front cover In all there are seven different

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  • Odd Name, Great Timber | designplace
    very dense and requires air drying before being kiln dried to prevent bowing However it is still easily workable by conventional woodworking machinery What is Wormy Chestnut It s not a single species but a blend of three eucalypts native to Victoria s south east Their harvesting is controlled by VicForests the Victorian Government business responsible for the sustainable harvesting regeneration and commercial sale of timber from Victoria s public forests Their operations are certified under the Australian Forestry Standard and internationally recognised by the Genevabased PEFC Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification the world s largest forest certification scheme which covers two thirds of the globally certified forest area VicForests is also a member of the Forest Stewardship Council Having been dubbed the next big thing in Australian timber Wormy Chestnut is finding a ready home as character flooring in commercial fitouts and as furniture timber A Melbourne furniture manufacturer Total Bedroom is using Wormy Chestnut to make upmarket architectural quality furniture such as dining tables buffets entertainment units and bedroom furniture The volume end of the residential furniture market has been decimated by imports prompting Total Bedroom to use this unique timber to stay one step ahead of his competitors The company also uses other imported and local timber species such as spotted gum and American oak but the face of Stace Karikas Total s owner lights up when he talks about Wormy Chestnut It s the character of it the grain feature the natural worm holes and where the fires have gone through all that smoke from the forest fires and the bugs boring through it leaving their mark It just looks alive he says enthusiastically Now Architecture selected Wormy Chestnut for the redevelopment of the Bairnsdale Library in regional Victoria to create a folded timber wall for the meeting room and a distinctive information desk Wormy Chestnut has also been used in a number of commercial fitouts such as cafes and restaurants including Schnitz fast food outlets in food courts dotted around Melbourne Hardwood flooring is remarkably popular and Wormy Chestnut is rapidly developing a following in this market It is valued for its hardness an average value of 8 1 across the species workability and of course that uniquely Australian character A suitable coating is all that is needed to enhance and protect Wormy Chestnut flooring Wormy Chestnut tongue and groove boards are available in three widths 85 130 and 180 mm and in two thicknesses and a range of end conditions Wormy Chestnut even made it on The Block Nine Network s popular renovation program which concluded in mid October Contestants Chris and Jenna chose Wormy Chestnut for the 22 treads of a U shaped feature staircase in the apartment they were renovating It was fabricated by Jamin Wheeler of Jamin Wheeler Staircases who says he uses quite a lot of Wormy Chestnut It s a good product he remarks It has a good rustic look to it what he calls a lot

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  • In Profile with m3architecture | designplace
    and was featured in many publications including the 2004 edition of the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture The laboratory encapsulated m3 s approach then as it does today with its consideration of specificity and materiality to the site the project its users and to the wider campus population A more recent project is the refurbishment of the David Thiele Olympic Swimming Pool at The University of Queensland s St Lucia campus The pool was extensively damaged in the floods of January 2011 and the opportunity was taken to build a new change facility Again m3architecture chose to respond to the specifics of the site in particular the earth berm that was formed alongside the original pool using excavated material This provided both shelter and privacy and the designers extended this concept into the new change rooms The roof and soffit of the new change rooms are elevated above the walls allowing ventilation while maintaining privacy and shelter A variety of walling options were examined including roof tiles and conventional ceramic wall tiles In the end we decided on brickwork and that really gave a lot of flexibility it gave that sort of rustic deep shadow and did it in a really wonderfully robust public building kind of way says Lavery We were able to build patterns into Project David Thiele Olympic Pool Location The University of Queensland St Lucia Structural engineer Cardno Builder Stewart Constructions Bricklayer Young Bricklaying Featured products Austral Bricks Precision clay bricks in Mocha Photography Jon Linkins the brickwork starting in the datum above the flood line Brick was a natural choice and it provides that wonderful weighty landscape base to the floating soffit That choice of materiality to serve the idea and to serve the building is a hallmark of the way we think about the selection of materials A recent project in Townsville is equally playful but with a very serious objective Act for Kids is a Queensland charity tasked with preventing and treating childhood abuse and neglect James Cook University donated a small site on the edge of their campus to allow the construction of a Child and Family Centre of Excellence providing treatment education training and research in child protection For children at risk a domestic architectural style can be threatening Home for them is not necessarily a place of safety So what architecture denotes safety and security to a child The answer a castle a place where the dragons are on the outside and the good guys are within Concrete masonry has a long history on the JCU campus It was originally used with creativity but later in a more mundane manner to the point where its use was being actively dissuaded in new construction However the m3 team thought it was an appropriate material for their castle walls it simply needed to be implemented with imagination and in a manner reflecting the approach of the original campus buildings The solution was to create walls using concrete bullnose blocks laid horizontally

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  • No Need to Go Grey | designplace
    variations that are available are infinite but the finishes fit into three categories For more information on Austral Precast s PermaTech finishing system visit australprecast com au PermaGraf Photo realistic images that bring a wall to life Concrete goes graphic More than just patterning Austral s PermaGraf process etches a photo realistic image into the surface of a precast concrete panel This is not an applied finish the image is the result of a chemical reaction within the concrete as it cures in the form The surface can be patterned smooth or even exposed The strength and integrity of the concrete is fully maintained PermaForm Building in articulation and texture Formliners are a cost effective means of building dimension and articulation into the precast panel surface A large range of liners are available off the shelf and custom liners can be made The liner is placed in the form before introducing the concrete The finish can be anything from a deep relief to a subtle texture such as timber grain The resulting surface can be left natural or a finish can be applied PermaTint Longlife colouring systems This factory applied system is a longlasting alternative to the on site painting of precast panels Unlike paint systems the PermaTint system penetrates the substrate producing a deep long lasting colour finish The finish will not peel and is highly resistant to UV mould mildew and weather It resists cracking and fading is non hazardous and has low VOCs That s why Austral Precast can confidently guarantee a PermaTint finish for an industry leading 25 years Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Brickworks Building Products Part of the Brickworks Limited Group Brickworks Building Products is one of Australia s largest and most diverse building material manufacturers Under the

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  • Neutral Certified Bricks | designplace
    conventional natural gas kiln of the same capacity could emit approximately 8000 tonnes of greenhouse gases To meet the National Carbon Offset Standard for a Carbon Neutral Certified product requires more than the reduction of emissions from the direct manufacturing process The emissions resulting from ancillary operations such as raw material extraction transport water usage packaging waste and business operations including administration are also taken into account Even the lubricants used in production machinery are part of the equation All remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by purchasing carbon credits that assist in local projects such as tree planting under the Forests Alive program forestsalive com Even the carbon expended in transporting the bricks to the customer anywhere in the world is fully offset This means that all Daniel Robertson and Austral Bricks Tasmania bricks are certified Carbon Neutral from raw material excavation through to delivery of the finished products to the work site Clay bricks are often accused of being environmentally compromised due to the relatively high natural gas consumption required in kiln firing This simplistic approach overlooks their long life role as thermal mass in an energyefficient design reusability and the fact that bricks do not require resource hungry finishes such as paint or render to maintain their good looks and durability However architects builders and consumers seeking a carbon neutral solution can now specify bricks from Daniel Robertson and Austral Bricks Tasmania knowing that their manufacture results in zero net emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere As well as producing bricks for the Tasmania market and the high end Daniel Robertson bricks valued across Australia for their unique and varied colours and textures the Longford plant exports its products mainly to New Zealand and Japan This latest innovation is part of Brickworks Building Products ongoing program

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