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  • DesignMag Issue 2 Archives | designplace
    overlooking a spotted gum forest a non combustible walling material was essential for this Northern Beaches family retreat Elsternwick House DesignMag Issue 2 Residential Solar orientation one of the pillars of energy saving passive design is often compromised on sites that do not meet the ideal of facing north to the Fitton House DesignMag Issue 2 Residential Nigel Fitton a principal and design director of Spowers one of Australia s oldest architecture firms and a specialist in large commercial projects Cleveland Residence DesignMag Issue 2 Residential Sitting on the shores of Raby Bay south of Brisbane this stunning home allows direct water access and acknowledges the growing independence of the South Australia Police Academy Redevelopment Commercial DesignMag Issue 2 Largs Bay on the shores of Gulf St Vincent north of Adelaide has two claims to fame each a century apart In the 1970s and 80s the Largs Pier Clayfield House DesignMag Issue 2 Residential Restrictive covenants however well intentioned often become an obstacle to change The Brisbane suburb of Clayfield has what architect Adrian Spence 19 James Street Commercial DesignMag Issue 2 James Street Fortitude Valley has shed its industrial recent past and taken on a restaurant and fashion focus

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/portfolio_category/designmag-issue-2/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Elsternwick House - Daniel Robertson Bricks | designplace
    The heritage location in the inner south Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick the polychromatic splendour of Rippon Lea mansion is in the neighbourhood required sensitivity to the local built form while establishing its own contemporary presence From the street the building presents as a two storey dwelling attached to a single storey pavilion relating to the height variations typical of the area The pitched roof forms deep reveals on the upper bedroom and use of face brickwork also contribute to the heritage response The design both assimilates with and critiques the local context Burrows contends On the one hand it picks up on the materiality and some design details but the layout of the form on the block challenges the usual centralising of the dwelling which tends to treat the garden as leftover space Elsternwick House Elsternwick House The building structure is a conventional timber frame clad in brick veneer But that s where the conventionality stops Large glazed doors slide back to connect the vast main living kitchen dining area with its timber lined ceiling to the long northern garden blurring the distinction between internal and external The garden s rectilinear forms contrast with the sculptural informality of the house The blurring between inside and out continues at the main entrance where the face brickwork enters the house which seems to be an emerging trend I think this is becoming a little bit more common agrees builder Joe Dema of BD Projects We are doing more projects now where they are integrating that external finish inside and extending the relationship between the outside and the inside The brick clad upper dormitory level is cantilevered some two metres to provide essential summer shading along the northern elevation The brickwork on this level is supported on steel beams cantilevered off columns to

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/elsternwick-house/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Fitton House - Terracade Terracotta Facade Panels | designplace
    cloak room To the rear is a 25 square metre studio workshop the domain of Annette Fitton an industrial designer and architectural model maker now emerging from the fug of fulltime motherhood for her developing business making fine furniture and handcrafts A steel spiral staircase finished in clear powdercoat leads to four bedrooms the master and a sitting room to the front and two bathrooms The secondary bedrooms have dormer style windows punctuating the black steel cladding and carefully angled to maximise light while avoiding oversighting a neighbouring property Fitton House Facade Panels Fitton House Facade Panels The building structure is a timber frame sitting on a polished concrete slab The upper level floor is also timber This entire level is offset about 1 8 metres the overhang shading the long western elevation and allowing for a skylight along the eastern side The ceilings are a conventional 2700 mm but appear higher thanks to the skylight and tall glass to the west and north Nigel Fitton may come from a commercial background but the building technology in this project is decidedly residential We worked very hard with the carpenter It s a master builder kind of approach he tells us using conventional materials and techniques and building a house out of them rather than trying to reinvent it from scratch The external design a modern interpretation of a variety of architectural styles uses simple lines and geometry and yet trying to get texture by collaging materials in a slightly playful way which breaks the building down into its component pieces and descales it Fitton House Terracade Terracotta Facade Panels A range of cladding materials is used off white concrete masonry laid in a vertical stack bond black corrugated steel fibre cement panels which I must say I will never use again the edges are a bit soft not as crisp as I would have liked and Terraçade terracotta facade panels Terraçade features to the front of the upper level on the east and west elevations The real purpose of the Terraçade here was to provide us with a kind of substitute roofing material Fitton explains And the effect from a distance is uncannily like that of a mansard roof Although this is Fitton s first exposure to Terraçade he came across a similar product while working on the Reef Island project in Bahrain He likes that it is a deliberate terracotta material made of the earth It has a kind of allusion to being heavy but it s not that heavy so you get the freedom of being able to use timber framing without all the steelwork in it to support it So it s neat in that sense The Terraçade is simply detailed with no penetrations It has a smart crisp look to it which I think defines the house from the street which I think is important The ventilated facade system also allows the wall to breathe and for some of the heat to be dissipated Energy and

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  • Cleveland Residence - Austral Masonry | designplace
    are economical and add to the building s thermal mass This mass combines with careful siting ventilation and insulation to form the four pillars of a sustainable low energy home The design embraces a wide palette of premium materials and textures Timber floors sit easily with feature walls clad in split face natural stone tiles directly imported by the owner from Bali and adhesive fixed to blockwork walling Austral Masonry s GB Stone masonry blocks laid in a stack bond also features in a number of internal and external locations These premium quality masonry units are characterised by their honed edges and fine surface finish a result of the high percentage of sand used in their manufacture The stack bonding looks a little more contemporary than a stretcher bond says architect Paul Braithwaite And its modularity in keeping with the design of the house Cleveland Residence GB Stone Masonry Cleveland Residence GB Stone Masonry Their most striking application of the Artique Designer Masonry is on the outside of the north facing wall flanking a lap pool The Pewter coloured blockwork finishes just above the waterline Opposite is a freestanding wall constructed in conventional core filled blockwork and clad on the inner face with small square natural stone tiles The stack bonded Artique blockwork continues further along the northern elevation and briefly on the front elevation as well as in a small feature panel in the front courtyard wall In the house its use is limited to a feature wall backing onto the boatshed The distinctive triple skillion roof form allows natural light to penetrate the interior through a central void High and low level louvre windows open to capture prevailing breezes enhancing cross ventilation Broad overhangs also block the worst of the summer sun while allowing the lower winter sun

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/cleveland-residence/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Naremburn House - Austral Masony, Bricks, & Terracade | designplace
    upper level is the parents suite while below is an open plan kitchen dining and living area opening onto a large deck The lower level is largely clad in rendered brickwork with Terraçade terracotta facade tiles on the upper level The owners looked at other lightweight systems but we were impressed by the low maintenance requirements finish and insulation qualities of Terraçade they said adding that the installation was a very quick and smooth process The house was a category winner in the 2012 Master Builder Association NSW Excellence in Housing Awards Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL MASONRY 300 SERIES CONCRETE BLOCKS Standard concrete masonry units are the workhorse of the building industry acknowledged by architects specifiers builders engineers and blocklayers for their strength durability and cost effectiveness in a wide range of applications Colours Grey AUSTRAL BRICKS STANDARD CLAY COMMONS Purpose Made Commons combine the durability strength and consistency of premium quality clay bricks with the construction efficiencies you demand Designed for today s building and design environment they are strong easy to handle and available in many different sizes Colours Colour is not guaranteed MORE ON THIS PRODUCT TERRAÇADE TN TERRACOTTA FACADE SYSTEM Developed in Australia the Terraçade system

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/naremburn-house/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Clayfield House - Austral Masonry | designplace
    project within the setbacks required but chose to work around the timber requirement by placing the masonry on the inside of the building a building technology better known as reverse brick veneer This places the high thermal mass of brickwork or blockwork on the inside where it is most effective at moderating temperature flows The exterior clad in this case in steel and timber merely acts as a weather shield An insulated cavity separates the two wall elements It could be argued that this is exactly what double brick walling has been doing for generations An outer skin of brickwork also has the advantage of not requiring an applied finish to maintain its durability or appearance This substantial family home is built on a slab with a structure of four major masonry walls one on each side boundary and two in the centre forming the circulation space The blockwork walls are core filled with steel reinforcement and concrete enabling them to be loadbearing and carry the structural loads such as the upper level timber flooring and roof structure Instead of choosing standard grey blocks Richards Spence chose Austral Masonry s GB Honed range in a soft off white colour dubbed Porcelain Their higher cost was offset with the savings made by eliminating the need to sheet these major walls with plasterboard Although there are lightweight cross walls finished with plasterboard the exposed face of the blockwork is a major decor element throughout Austral Masonry s GB Honed range is distinguished by its fine surface finish a result of the high percentage of sand used in their manufacture The Smooth finish was chosen for this project Artique is also available in Split Face or Honed finishes The walling is a combination of full height and half height blocks the latter being finished with an angled mortar joint to create shadow lines At skirting level and in architraves the blocks are polished to form a seamless boundary that is also easy to keep clean These units were also used in the kitchen splashback and in several feature walls The polished finish is an optional feature recently introduced for all GB Masonry Collection products The house is designed around a courtyard a familiar feature in Richards Spence s commercial and residential designs Courtyards are common in traditional European architecture especially in Mediterranean countries allowing light and ventilation into the centre of the house and enhancing privacy This is in contrast to the conventional Australian practice of bringing in light and creating ventilation at the edges Town planning in Brisbane is very proscriptive in that they assume you will build in the middle of the site Spence considers They imagine you are going to build a timber house with a hip roof in the middle of the site with verandahs around it It s very difficult to design courtyard houses when you can t build to the edges of the site The layout is conventional with living areas and guest accommodation at ground level

    Original URL path: http://designplace.com.au/project-list/clayfield-house/ (2016-04-29)
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  • The Wall - Austral Bricks Blocks and Pavers | designplace
    storey central spine wall built in Austral Bricks Colossus clay blocks And colossal they are with a face area up to eight times that of a standard brick Designed and constructed by Adelaide based multi award winning custom builder Scott Salisbury Homes The Wall was the Grand Prize in the 2012 Home Lottery supporting the work of The Hospital Research Foundation The dramatic spine wall runs from the front to back forming a distinctive architectural highlight in every room The ground floor living and dining areas flow seamlessly through the house to an outdoor room and rear terrace The bedrooms including the stylish master suite are located on the upper level Externally Austral Bricks Earth clay pavers complement and unify the contemporary landscaping Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL BRICKS EARTH CLAY PAVERS Introducing the naturally bold colours of Earth clay pavers Whether it s a path patio or courtyard Earth pavers have the good looks and performance you demand Colour Aniseed MORE ON THIS PRODUCT AUSTRAL BRICKS COLOSSUS CLAY BLOCKS With a face area of up to eight times a traditional brick Colossus clay blocks give architects a dramatic new format to expand their design possibilities Colour Silver Tweet Want more

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  • Harold Street Residence - Pressed Bricks | designplace
    robust street edge and relating to the context The north side was more about creating a sensitive and sculpted interface for the garden Topliss adds The accommodation comprises four bedrooms over two levels as well as a rumpus room studies and a substantial gallery style ground floor living area with soaring timber lined ceilings There is onsite parking for four cars via a double stacker In many ways this house is about light The living area with its impressive art collection opens out to the garden via folding glass doors Lighting mostly LED fixtures and long life fluorescents is used sensitively throughout the home But it is the wall on the southern boundary that is the most striking example of the creative use of light This wall is substantially perforated to allow the house to exude an ethereal glow after dark It is also partly clad with an industrialtype grating finished in black but large areas of the brickwork are perforated along this southern face continuing briefly around the back of the building to enclose a deck This technique is best known as hit and miss brickwork but care is needed to ensure structural integrity The hit and miss design began with the idea of using a Flemish bond pattern with the perpends taken out Topliss explains Flemish brick bonds alternate a brick face with a header On site we played around with the setout and the openings of the miss and ended up going with a third third third relationship between the open sections of the brickwork The proportions and rhythm just felt right This is a fairly uncomplicated hit and miss configuration Larger and more complex openings are possible but they may require specialised engineering design and reinforcement However the real design smarts are behind the perforations The brickwork was finished to the roofline and tied back at 600 mm vertical intervals to mild steel posts Double cavity polycarbonate sheets were then carefully lowered into position between posts and brickwork essentially sleeved in like a letter into an envelope Translucent glass panels were then fixed on the inner face of the assembly Quite ingenious The building s thermal mass combined with double glazing high performance insulation materials energy efficient light fittings grey water recycling a 40 000 litre water tank below ground and a drought tolerant garden to ensure a five star energy rating The designers recognised that there are many variations of red bricks We worked with Austral to find the right pressed red literally going out to their yard and standing by pallets They were looking for a face colour that was not too even but conversely didn t have large colour variation We wanted a true red that had a little character in it says Topliss The bricky Chris Hill at Peninsula Bricklaying was instructed to turn burn marks around on a number of bricks so they would be exposed The perpend is slightly darker as well which helps giving a little more texture to

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