Robertson's Building Products was proud to be involved in the development of Atherton Gardens, a public housing development in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Designed by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur Architects, Robertson's Building Products supplied and placed the brick facing tiles for the decorative brick facade. The main brick tiles feature charcoal, terracotta and speckled blonde in US utility size. The dramtic impact of this facade was achieved using a basket weave pattern created by the architects.
The whole purpose of this development was to provide a low-cost public housing solution. So the challenge for the arhcitects was to create an apartment block that took into account the needs of tenants, along with other social, economic and political requirements. Not to mention tight budgets, timeframes and a limited site footprint for construction.
The result accommodated all requirements and is testament to the fact that by using brick facing tiles set in precast concrete, you can achieve an outstanding outcome with creative design and the intelligent use of materials.
To find out more, and see the amazing result, read the July/August 2013 issue of Architecture Australia, p46-53.