Some of our rammed earth work
Blackwater Aquatic Centre, Central Queensland
Our rammed earth walls played a key part in the design of this large commercial project designed by LiquidBlu Architects, winning them the Australian Institute of Architects 2018 Public Architecture Award. In that award, the rammed earth walls were cited by the jury as a factor in the decision, "the bulwark-like outer layer of rammed earth walls wrap themselves around three elevations, affording refuge from the harsh environment."
Our rammed earth walls form the exterior of the Aquatic Centre, helping create the "oasis" the architects were trying to create in this semi arid outback region. The rammed earth walls "were especially designed to control the temperature of the facility's buildings" (Head builders Hutchinson's Kevin Whittaker). They also create a protective barrier from the wind, and provide a gentler climate for plants to grow in the courtyard created within. Hutchinson Builders won the 2017 Masters Builders Project of the Year Award for the Central Queensland region for the construction.
This modern rammed earth cottage cleverly opens up on one side to a creek, providing a tranquil yet ever-changing view for its lucky residents. Designed by Murray Cox, Architect. Situated in Northern NSW, the climate is ideal for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Mt Mee Rural Residence
This beautiful new rammed earth home faces north on a rural property. A particularly clever touch is the north facing roofed patio, which takes in the expansive views and acts as a sun trap during the day. At night it is heated by the double-sided combustion heater that also warms the living room - inspired! The rammed earth wall it is installed within forms the external wall of the living room.
University of Queensland Wildlife Centre
The new UQ wildlife research centre at Hidden Vale has an extensive internal core of rammed earth walling. The research centre was made possible by an $18.5 million bequest from the Turner Foundation, and is situated on a 3100 hectare nature refuge. The Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Facility being made available to UQ staff and students will include a captive wildlife and breeding centre and a permanent release facility. Designed by WD Architects.
We were asked to create dramatic feature walls for the new Recreation Centre in the Halcyon Glades Over 50’s Community. These walls are largely composed of sandstone based materials, with some oxides included in areas.
Halcyon Glades have said that the monolithic rammed earth wall that extends the length of Halcyon Glades Recreation Club provides "a definitive architectural statement that compliments the pitched roof and expressed timber columns". You can read more of their story on their web page, here.
Ribbonwood Ave, Maleny House
We designed and built this 3 bedroom, 1 studio/office, 3 bathroom home on a sloping block in central Maleny to be easy-care and passive solar. Built of rammed earth and colorbond, with a deck of modwood and a roof of insulated sandwich panels, there is little work to maintain this house.
Garangula Art Gallery, Harden, NSW
Multi award-winning private art gallery near Harden, NSW, designed by FKM Architects of Sydney and built by Manteena, ACT. The extensive high rammed earth walls took the best part of a year to build. Material from the property was incorporated into these walls.
"This project has proven that rammed earth is not just a solution for traditional construction but is equally at home in the most contemporary of design elements. The incorporation of indigenous artist Jonathon Jones’s untitled artwork (buuagang nurrambang) which features in the rammed earth at front entrance of the Gallery is testament to the limitless possibilities of rammed earth and John’s skill as an artisan." - Rod Mitton, Operations Manager, Manteena (see the rest of Rod's comments here)
Noosa Pengari School Hall
A multi coloured rammed earth wall achieved using different coloured soils. Sunshine Coast hinterland, near Noosa, Qld.
North Maleny Residence, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
A 'future proofed' two storey residence in North Maleny, Sunshine Coast, this rammed earth and recycled timber home features wide corridors and accommodation for a (future) live-in carer. The sloping block allows ground level access from the rear. A lift provides disabled access to the upper floor from the entry/garage level. Designed by Rohan Jackson of Blackburne Jackson Design. The owners are delighted with their home. See their comments here.
Samford Valley Residence, Queensland
From the architects, WD Architects: "This completely wheelchair-friendly home began as a concept designed by the owner who engaged WD Architects to assist in bringing it to fruition. We acted in an advisory and technical capacity and as a sounding-board for the owner to achieve his vision. With beautiful rammed earth work by Rammed Earth Constructions, and heavy timber work by Adam Warburton."
Pine Mountain Residence
We were asked to create colourful feature walls for this family home in SE Queensland. Mission accomplished!
Montville Pavilion House
Two pavilions overlook a magnificent view over Baroon Pocket Dam. Rammed earth walls anchor the house to the ground and provide thermal mass, full height glass walls provide a stunning view from every room in the house. Designed by Sparks Architects, this home is spectacular.