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  • Blog | designplace
    brickwork sowed the seeds of Modernism in Australia see page 30 The awards program was expanded in 2014 to include the Kevin Borland Concrete Masonry Award the Roof Tile Excellence Award and the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Thanks for the Memory By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 27 12 2013 Of course Andrew Maynard doesn t mean that to be taken literally After all a brick is simply a compressed block of inert minerals not an oversized silicon chip His concept of memory is more abstract You can knock off the back of a house and chuck on this new shiny thing that quite often is violent and smashes into the back of the old says Maynard co director of Andrew Maynard Architects For this residential extension in Melbourne s inner north he chose to reuse the bricks from the demolished rear section of the 1930s Californian bungalow What we really like about reusing a material is that it has already had a life it s got that age a bit of wisdom about it In this case the concept of brick memory could be taken a step further The location of a rich seam of clay highly suited to brick manufacture led to the establishment of a booming industry in Melbourne s inner north in the 1850s that was still operational more than a century later So it is probable that the bricks on this site were from clay extracted and processed within just a few kilometres The old brickworks have closed but the same clay seam pops up on Melbourne s outer north the site of Austral Bricks Wollert super plant Can a brick have a memory Andrew Maynard believes so What does that mean for the collective memory of a house Both owners of the Ilma Grove house worked for the timber industry when they approached Maynard to rebuild and extend the north facing rear of their brick house They wanted to do a sustainable timber build but a 100 year old covenant required construction to be in brick and tile and cost more than five hundred pounds says Maynard Removal of the covenant was possible but we said let s do something interesting within that constraint Which is surprising as the Maynard practice is noted for its use of timber The change to brickwork is probably a more rigorous sustainable approach contends Maynard s business partner Mark Austin We don t use bricks that much and there s no particular reason why he admits But what we like about bricks is that idea of memory and working around North Fitzroy you see some amazing brickwork The original house has become a dormitory space while the new extension functions primarily as an open plan kitchen lounge dining area on the lower level with a master suite above linked by a spiral staircase that continues to the roof deck From the deck

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  • Blog | designplace
    nuances in a client s brief that Shane may overlook However Shane a true craftsman is precise and treats the material with utmost respect Shane Norton grew up in Brisbane and went into a bricklaying apprenticeship when he left school at age 15 He credits the Italian Spanish and English bricklayers from whom he learned his trade as providing a diverse and solid starting point for crafting his skills Immediately after finishing his trade he started a contracting business with a Danish bricklayer who shared his passion for precision more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Looking for Loopholes By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 13 08 2013 Loopholes in walls are small or narrow openings for looking through for admitting light and air or in fortification walls for the discharge of missiles against an enemy outside Artillery made such defensive walls obsolete but a secure view out and the admission of light and air are still relevant qualities Now we build hit and miss brick walls in their most basic form stretcher bond brickwork laid with a series of gaps from 30 to 75 mm wide instead of mortar filled perpends for ventilation and light penetration When out of bond courses stack bond or 230 mm wide brickwork is used gaps the miss up to 250 mm wide are possible A range of geometric patterns for gaps in brickwork can be arranged in a variety of decorative motifs but generally basic repetitive perforations are preferred which are also appreciated by the bricklayers Other terms for hit and miss walls are breeze walls or perforated walls In south Asia they are known as a jali a Hindustani word meaning net or latticework that describes a perforated screen fence or wall made with carved stone or brickwork Brick perforated walls should not be confused with perforated bricks a term used for bricks with a series of usually vertical extrusion holes in them more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More In Profile With Andrew Maynard By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 13 07 2013 Andrew Maynard is an unaffected intelligent and informed young architect making quite an impression with a small practice he founded 10 years ago in Melbourne s inner north Unlike many architects he prefers projects that require close collaboration between the architect and the client a timeconsuming and emotional process We like that emotional connection he tells us The firm s work is mainly new residential builds and extensions along with other interesting projects such as competitions for urban renewal and change The practice is not interested in the big statement project and their clients are very unconcerned with what the Joneses are doing We are really interested in density the challenges of a five metre wide block explains Mark Austin Maynard s co director who joined the practice in 2007 How do you face the sun how do you create

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  • Blog | designplace
    architecture The portfolio that exists there is hard to match the Piazza San Marco which Harry Seidler described as the grandest urban space in Europe the National Library of St Mark 1536 53 by Jacopo Sansovino presenting its long façade to the Piazza and its short façade to the Piazzeta Andrea Palladio described it in 1570 as the richest and most ornate building since the time of the ancients Palladio was in town then working on his design for San Giorgio Maggiore by 1630 Baldaseare Longhena had done Santa Maria della Salute Inside these and the many other architectural delights of Venice are the paintings and sculpture of dozens of Renaissance masters It is interesting to reflect on how the Venice Art and subsequently Architecture Biennale came into being It started in 1893 when the silver wedding anniversary of King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy was planned to be celebrated across the newly united country The Municipality of Venice decided their contributions should be humanitarian and cultural Funds were set aside for an orphanage for the sons of shipwrecked sailors and Venetian workmen plus a national biennial exhibition of art more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Firmness Commodity Delight By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 12 02 2013 In 1979 Jay Pritzker 1922 1999 the Chicago billionaire who founded the Hyatt Hotel chain together with his wife Cindy established the Pritzker Architecture Prize to honour a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent vision and commitment which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture This annual award is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture such is the high esteem in which it is held Winners of the Pritzker receive US 100 000 and a bronze medal that bears the inscription firmness commodity and delight which are three basic architectural values that date back to the first century B C Roman architect engineer and writer Marcus Vitruvius more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Three Schools One Architect One Cladding System By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 27 07 2012 Schools public and private are the bread and butter of many architectural practices providing a steady source of project work Education sector budgets are usually tight and client expectations can be high but the result is often more than just financially rewarding as the designer s work may be on display for generations to come Perth based CHRISTOU Design Group has completed three major projects that share a single cladding system Terraçade terracotta facade system developed in Australia by Austral Facades part of the Brickworks Building Products group At the core of the system are 600 x 300 mm fired terracotta tiles that are captured on aluminium rails fixed to battens over the underlying wall structure which may be

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    Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed Battersea Power Station Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Waterloo Bridge university libraries in Oxford and Cambridge and the famous British red telephone box more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Inner City Chic By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building Products 12 04 2012 Brick sales and display centres have traditionally serviced outer suburban greenfield developments In response to the demands of an increasingly sophisticated market they have evolved to feature more life like presentations and greater use of indoor displays in recent years Austral Bricks and its associated companies have now taken the next big step and created two new gallery like Studios in Sydney and Melbourne that are focused at architects and the inner urban market While there is still a place for Design Centres servicing estate developments in both Sydney and Melbourne there are an increasing number of inner suburban redevelopments especially knock down rebuilds and a booming market in redevelopments and high end architect driven construction more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Harnessing The Sun By Brickworks Building Products In Austral Bricks 01 03 2012 A Study of the Thermal Performance of Australian Housing the first stage report of an eight year research program was published in June 2011 by Think Brick Australia s research partners at The University of Newcastle The research explores the thermal advantages of clay brick in domestic construction and shows that brick construction can improve thermal comfort and therefore reduce energy usage To harness this potential bricks need to be acknowledged not just for their insulative properties but more importantly for their thermal capacitance thermal mass To harness this potential bricks need to be acknowledged Bricks energy and the Australian home The energy used in the daily operation of an Australian home when averaged over its life is estimated to be over 90 percent of its combined embodied and operational energy With the largest proportion of this energy being used for heating and cooling 38 percent there is an emphasis on targeting thermal comfort in homes as a way to reduce energy use An energyefficient home provides a high degree of thermal comfort without over reliance on artificial heating or cooling while offering adequate natural light and ventilation The ability of the earth to capture and hold heat has been harnessed by mankind since the dawn of civilisation The process of firing clay provides water resistance stability and strength although the energy required to achieve this is significant By weight brick manufacture requires a relatively low amount of energy though the weight of brickwork in domestic wall construction is comparatively high However the energy used in their manufacture embodied energy is small when considered over the life cycle of a building more Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive it Read More Survival of the Fittest By Brickworks Building Products In Brickworks Building

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  • Inner City Chic | designplace
    their usual Stubbies Despite the unseasonal weather there were over 150 attendees drawn from Sydney s architectural and building fraternity Located in a ground floor retail space in stylish Carrington Street the Sydney CBD Design Studio provides a retail presence but is also well placed for the many architectural practices and major builders located in or around the city centre From the street this could be a high end gallery and upon entering this perception is reinforced The showroom area is dominated not by product displays but two brick feature walls that have a strong wow factor The Illusions Wall made from Bowral Bricks Charolais Cream bricks fans out in three dimensions while the Grunge Wall pays tribute to the area s industrial past Both walls and the minimalist interior were designed by Siren Design Group The attractive flooring is Wormy Chestnut from Auswest Timbers part of the Brickworks Building Products group Most products are discretely stored in cabinets and brought out onto one of the large work benches as required This allows the staff to work with clients and help refine their selections Architects are encouraged to bring their clients and use the well equipped boardroom The facilities have also hosted industry events such as AIA gatherings The CBD Design Studio is located at 50 Carrington Street Sydney close to Wynyard Station It is open from 9 am til 6 pm weekdays and 9 am til noon Saturday other times by appointment Telephone 02 9830 7380 It s often said that Sydney and Melbourne are as different as they are alike And the new Melbourne Brick Studio in inner city Richmond is a perfect example of that The location in fashionable Swan Street is surrounded by upmarket building product and homewares vendors and down the street from Melbourne s Ferrari and Maserati showroom Richmond is also the home of many leading architectural practices The venue is not a glass fronted shop but a large warehouse that has undergone a metamorphosis under the guidance of Tim Black the B of BKK Architects Like the Sydney Design Studio there is an identical Illusions Wall feature but that s where the similarity ends Out front is a low brick wall with a dentated and stepped pattern that has been dubbed playful by one commentator It is also functional having been used as a convenient seat by pedestrians The Brick Studio s theme is that of a gallery rather than a display centre The industrial theme is reinforced by the use of raw materials brick concrete and timber Dominating the display area is a forest of towering brick columns flanking a massive work bench made from timber supplied by Auswest Timbers As in the Sydney CBD Design Studio most products are stored and brought out to allow staff to work directly with the customer As well as being convenient for visitors from the local area and Melbourne s CBD the Brick Studio is close to the Monash Freeway and CityLink Like its Sydney

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  • Malvern East House - Daniel Robertson Bricks | designplace
    appearance The lack of facade articulation allowed the brickwork to be continued onto the upper level rather than using lightweight construction Rendered panels underlaid by Austral Bricks Purpose Made Commons clay bricks afford a contrast to the rich colour variation of the face brickwork The designers carefully coordinated the external colours from the render to the trims and rainwater goods and the mortar which used a bright white sand The mortar joints are flush finished Austral Bricks Natural Stone paving slabs in Sawn Basalt decorate the front path and steps leading to the verandah They also feature in the outdoor room and paths flanking the house rear Christian worked closely with the paving team to ensure the paving details such as the white grout which matches the mortar in the brickwork reflected the overall quality of the home The interior is finished to the same high standard with quality materials such as broad oak flooring and marble benchtops It s a wonderful house Christian reflects It has been built to a very high standard and the quality of materials has in no small part contributed to that Christian praised the work of his bricklayer Michael Roberts of M M Bricklaying He did a fantastic job couldn t fault it He really did his best to produce a good house and knew the importance of working with a quality material and making sure that he did it justice Gallery Featured Products Daniel Robertson Red Blend clay bricks These highly textured bricks have been developed and refined through generations of brickmaking their rustic charm drawing on a classic Australian palette of vibrant reds bright apricots and buffs Colour Red Blend MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Austral Bricks Purpose Made Commons clay bricks These utility bricks combine the durability strength and consistency of premium

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  • Courtyard House - Daniel Robertson Clay Bricks | designplace
    heritage architecture also find a home in cutting edge modern designs such as this house in outer Melbourne The 950 square metre home is grouped around a central courtyard and situated on a 4000 square metre site The massive building home to a semi retired couple is constructed on a concrete raft floor slab All external walls are built in insulated cavity brickwork The external walls and the brick piers supporting the verandah which all but rings the house are face brickwork The central walls flanking the courtyards also display the brick faces on both sides The brick partition walls there are no stud walls are sheeted with plasterboard Face brickwork is in keeping with the design philosophy of using low maintenance natural materials It s about having robust natural materials and emphasising the texture of those materials says the architect John Matyas Gallery Featured Products DANIEL ROBERTSON HAWTHORN 76mm CLAY BRICKS Daniel Robertson s Hawthorn Range is a development of the iconic Hawthorn bricks that helped define the character of Melbourne s prestigious inner ring suburbs All Daniel Robertson bricks are certified Carbon Neutral Colour London MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to

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  • Balfour St Park - Bowral Bricks | designplace
    Project Balfour Park uses a rich weave of brick stone and concrete Brick is used as a decorative medium in a series of colours and patterns inspired by the adjacent brewery buildings workers terraces and old factory buildings that form the park s historic backdrop Concrete elements complement the textured brick surfaces echoing the modern insertions throughout the neighbourhood and bringing a contemporary feel to the park The central feature is a brick swale that acts as a collection point for stormwater from adjacent streets Unique lighting along the swale provides interest through the park both during the day and at night Balfour Street Park Chippendale NSW Balfour Street Park Chippendale NSW The brick swale curves gently down from the pavement level into a traditional half pipe shape which breaks down along its length into a mini wetland Gallery Featured Products BOWRAL 50 With an extensive colour range available Austral Bowral dry pressed bricks add a beautiful finish to any building project The unique colour variations in each delivery also ensure the authentic appeal that comes only with traditional manufacturing techniques Colours Bowral Blue Capitol Red Gertrudis Brown MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email

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