Mornington Centre, Vic
Mornington Centre, VIC

Quick Facts

Bricklayer:

BVM Builders

Photographer:

Roger du Buisson

Builder:

Abigroup

Architect:

Lyons

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BEACH HOUSE IS A REAL GEM

Mornington, on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, is a “sea change” region that attracts retirees who may eventually require specialist care. The Mornington Centre is a short-stay, geriatric evaluation and maintenance (GEM) facility.

Mornington Centre, Vic
Mornington, Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay

The prominent architectural firm Lyons proposed a building looking more like a beach house than a hospital. Timber wasn’t feasible but Corbett Lyon recalled receiving a pattern-embossed brick from architectural academic Dr Derham Groves. “We thought let’s do a brick building but make it look like timber.”

Mornington Centre, Vic
Mornington Centre - Austral Bricks Nubrik
Mornington Centre, Vic
Mornington Centre - Austral Bricks Nubrik

Austral Bricks was invited to join a team which developed the idea into a hardwood flooring analogy comprising three “planks”, each of two brick colours, one plain and one embossed, laid such that the ends line up randomly, like finger jointing. Despite being just two millimetres wide, the embossed concentric circles are sharply resolved

Corbett Lyon described Austral Bricks as “an innovative partner” and praised the bricklayers, saying “they did a great job, they’re a great little team.”

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