Austral Bricks has featured heavily amongst this year’s winners and commended entries at the Think Brick Awards.

The gala dinner held on October 25 at Doltone House in Sydney, centred on the prestigious Horbury Hunt Award, which celebrates innovation and craftsmanship in brickwork and showcases the best of brick in built projects as well as the latest building trends and products from Australian manufacturers.

The Think Brick Awards are meant to encourage architects and brick manufacturers to transform the humble brick into a versatile, environmental and creative design material in commercial, residential and landscape projects.

It was definitely Austral Bricks' night at the awards, with it featuring in three award winning entries and two Highly Commended entries across all four project categories – residential, commercial, landscape and re-use.

Jackson Clement Burrows Architects with Harold St Residence: Winner of the Residential category, Austral red press bricks were used in the project to create a striking and robust public face for the home. It complemented the Victorian heritage of the house by reconciling the abstract and contemporary design.

It was praised for the intricate form and detailing which featured a perforated ‘hit and miss’ brickwork and screening to create a sculptured facade to separate the public and private. The brickwork acts as a permeable screen, which encourages cross ventilation and light to enter the home.

Chenchow Little Architects with Stewart House: Receiving a Highly Commended in the Residential category, this design took advantage of the durable and non-combustible nature of brick. Face brickwork was the ideal choice to meet the site’s stringent bushfire code requirements and provide the home with a low maintenance finish.

Austral Bricks’ ‘Charolais Cream’ was used in a ‘hit and miss’ patterned screen. The brickwork was extended into the interior walls of the kitchen and living space.

BVN Architecture with Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School for Girls: Winning the Landscape category was thanks to a brilliant design and innovative use of brick, which developed during a partnership formed with Austral during the development.

The building, which sits at the heart of the school, blurs the lines between interior and exterior spaces. Pavement was used continuously from outside to in around the student lounge and staff area.

‘Bowral Blue’ bricks were used for the base walling and collaboration between Austral and BVN saw a new clay paver format developed – half-brick laid on its edge to allow the base walling and adjacent paving to give the feeling of being on continuous landscape. These half-brick pavers have now been developed into a standard product range called the ‘Bowral Bricks Hamlet Collection’.

Alexander Symes architect with Austinmer: Taking home the award for the Re-Use and Renovation category, recycled bricks from Austral were used extensively throughout this project. They were used to connect the interior and exterior space and have provided an eco-friendly development.

The use of a 2.4m wide spine wall has been effectively used to house all the function requirements on the public ground floor, such as the kitchen, laundry, toilets and stairs, and also folds into the floor plane both internally and externally.

James St Precinct in Brisbane: Using the ‘Charolais Cream’ bricks extensively  a contemporary building was developed that reflects the growing commercial success of the Brisbane neighbourhood. It took home a Highly Commended.

Commenting on the awards, Brickworks general manager marketing Brett Ward said, “The awards reaffirm brick as a popular, long-term choice with architects and one of the most effective building products on the market, which is widely recognised for its endless sculptural capabilities, intricate detailing and sustainability benefits.”

“The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate brick and innovation in its craftsmanship amongst Australian architects, builders, bricklayers and brick manufacturers, who maximise its potential and re-think its possibilities by extending it beyond the boundaries of typical design and function.”