1/28 Fernhill Road, Port Macquarie NSW
Functional design and ease of construction usually trump aesthetics when it comes to small-scale industrial buildings.
The new Bristile Roofing Design Centre in Port Macquarie on the New South Wales Mid North Coast demonstrates that a little imagination and design flair can lift an otherwise conventional development out of the ordinary.
The key point-of-difference is the use of black terracotta roof tiles as an external wall cladding. At first glance this three-unit building is clad in black painted steel sheeting, an unusual colour for an industrial building, but well on trend.
And then the unexpected, as the eye picks up the black roof tiles used as wall cladding, complementing the black tiled awning roofs.
Upon further inspection, a further subtle difference is revealed, with the wall tiles being laid in a stack bond so the vertical and horizontal lines are continuous. This is in contrast to the awning roof tiles that are laid in a conventional crossbond pattern, similar to the stretcher bond used in brickwork.
Horizontal sunshades protecting both levels are finished in vibrant orange, a slightly more intense version of the orange of the Bristile Roofing logo.
All La Escandella Ceramica terracotta roof tiles carry Bristile Roofing’s exclusive Colour for Life warranty, guaranteeing against fading or colour change for the life of the product. As the painted finish of the black steel inevitably fades, the La Escandella Ceramica Planum Caviar terracotta roof tiles are guaranteed to retain their pristine finish.
The Bristile Roofing Port Macquarie Design Centre was one of five finalists in the 2014 Roof Tile Excellence Awards, part of the Think Brick Awards.The Award winner, the uniquelynamed A House with Tiles on It, also used vertical tiles.
Finally, page 84 of this issue of designmag features the Kostala House in Athens which makes spectacular use of vertical tiling. Be sure to check out the design detail drawings.
Three distinctive buildings each part-clad with roof tiles. Do we sense a trend?
The walls and awning roofs of all three units are tiled with Planum terracotta roof tiles, a shingle-like tile from La Escandella Ceramica in Spain, and distributed exclusively in Australia by Bristile Roofing. As well as its flat profile, again on trend, the tile colour, Caviar, is distinguished by a semi-gloss finish.
This combination of colour, profile and glaze is only available in the La Escandella Ceramica Planum Caviar roof tile.
The wall tiling construction was surprisingly straightforward. Conventional battens are fixed horizontally to the underlying structure and each tile positioned by a single screw and two batten lugs.The corner and window flashings were custom made in black steel.
Planum creates a look of simplicity and elegance with modern colour options developed to complement the sleek, refined shape of the Planum profile. Due to its innovative design and size, the Planum tile is easier and faster to install, lowering installation time and the costs involved. Furthermore the highly weatherproof design means it can be applied to a roof with a pitch as low as 15 degrees.
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