From award-winning private homes to major public projects, the Terraçade ceramic cladding system is showing off its dynamic beauty across the country.
Strong, durable, easy to install, colourfast, non-combustible and low maintenance, the Terraçade cladding system seems to tick all the right boxes.
So confident are makers Austral Bricks of its quality that the ceramic product comes with a 100-year guarantee.
Available in a wide range of colours and textures, Terraçade cladding is now used on projects across Australia – from major public developments to residential houses.
While commercial developers are often drawn to Terraçade because of its versatility, strength and attractive cost, homeowners enjoy its aesthetic appeal.
Terraçade’s strength, energy efficiency, high durability, fire resistance and flexibility have also made it the first choice for those designing major public developments.
Every day, thousands of Brisbane commuters see Terraçade’s lightweight façade system in close proximity as they pass through the new-look King George Square Station. Designers wanted a natural-looking product, which was also resistant to staining, grime and graffiti.
Because of the high volume of people using the station’s entrances and tunnels, architects Bligh Voller Nield (BVN) chose to enhance Terraçade’s natural durability by applying Dry-Treat, an impregnating sealer, to the walls.
“We wanted to use natural materials; that was really important,” says a BVN spokesperson. “And having materials that don’t require finishing and painting all the time is more environmentally sustainable.”
Terraçade has made a similar impression on the skyline of North Sydney, where it has been used on the new Kolling Institute of Medical Research – a $99-million addition to the campus of the Royal North Shore Hospital.
The revolutionary cladding system was also chosen for the exterior walls of the new Wine Innovation Central Building at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.
Mark Coventry, a senior associate with HASSELL architects in Adelaide, says the client wanted to create a modern research facility, which still had a sense of connection with the state’s vineyards.
As part of the brief, the new centre also needed to have a dialogue with the brick heritage buildings nearby. “They wanted something aligned with connotations of the wine industry and the earthiness of vines growing in red clay soils,” says Coventry.
Terraçade cladding is also proving an obvious choice for those upgrading and repurposing older buildings.
When Robert Bienvenu, from Kneeler Design, was asked to transform McKinnon Primary School in Melbourne – creating a new school wing to complement the original 1930s brick schoolhouse – he naturally turned to Terraçade’s terracotta tiles.
“The Terraçade went on quite easily,” he says. “The fit is exact. To my knowledge we didn’t have to cut any tiles.”
After years of falling enrolments, the primary school in Melbourne’s southern suburbs has a very bright future.