Installer: Hi-Tec Glass
Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Builder: ADCO Constructions
Photographer: Jackie Dean
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A WELL THOUGHT-OUT PRODUCT
The Max Webber Library comprises two large modules. One, clad in glass shaded by metallic louvres, holds the public lending and browsing areas. The other, finished in Terraçade XP facade tiles, houses the book stacks and a multi-function centre.
“The Terraçade tiles give a warmth to the building, contrasting with the metallic character of the louvres and the transparency of the glass,” says project architect, Lance White. “Terracotta is a maintenance-free product. It is robust and durable, (and) has a very long life span.
“Construction-wise, it was fairly seamless. It’s a well thought-out product,” he adds. “The (Terraçade) system was very easy to construct and everything worked well. Aesthetically, the product was specifically chosen for its natural qualities, which like clay bricks, has minor colour variance which enriches its character, rather than a flat monotone manufactured colour. All in all,” White concludes, “I think it is a successful product.”
Developed in Australia by Austral Bricks, the Terraçade facade tile system combines the long life and low maintenance of genuine fired terracotta with the design and construction efficiencies of a lightweight cladding system.
Colour: Pilbarra Linear