A design for an addition to an existing inner city 2 storey brick building, to adapt and add a multi-levelled apartment building.
Design for the Boral Brick Awards 2011-2012, Australia.
A cloaked figure; standing amongst the debris of style, industry and waste: veiled by a multiplicity of individual bricks, reading as one. At once a sun and rain screen, and veiling against on-lookers sight. The material utilisation and method of construction is used to provoke a psychological effect such that mental processes are provoked. Into this building a new urban Bar – The Merchant, a restaurant – The Lantern Bistro and 7 floors of apartments with roof deck and communal garden powered by photo-voltaic arrays. This is not another apartment building or gloried latest style. This is the glorification of material and ability of construction and craft; of the individual to the city – This is the Urban Cloak.
The existing building is left, but affected by the new. Its old roof is discarded and the paint of the facade shed, revealing the identity of the brick. Over this in ‘Dazzle camouflage of WW1’ technique strips of plaster enliven the facade whilst respecting the old material and proportion of the building.
The insertion of a new structural timber skeleton of post tensioned columns and beams support pre-cast and cast in-situ concrete floor slabs with ribbed concrete shear wall and lift core support the new building, holding the new brick facade out as arms offering a gift to the city.
The design concentrates on three fields of spatial relation: fore-ground, middle-ground and distant view. The outer facade as viewed from outside (foreground) is wrapped in a veil of vertically suspended brick, undulating and cascading down the building resulting as a over-hang at street level. To ground level, the facade of the old building exists as foreground, while the interior spaces act as both middle and distant. Behind the new brick facade the intermediacy of decks acts to mediate between what is the public realm of urbanity and the private realm of the apartment.
Design & 3D Imagery: © Jonathan Gibb 2012