Blackwater Aquatic Centre, Central Queensland
This large commercial project was designed by LiquidBlu Architects, and won overall builders Hutchinson the 2017 Master Builders Project of the Year Award for the Central Queensland region.
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" (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.
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.
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.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
Our rammed earth walls feature in the Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo, which was designed by Andrew Webb of WD Architects.
Green Harvest Organic Supplies HQ
Green Harvest Organic Supplies is a highly successful mail order company specialising in goods for organic gardeners. The rammed earth building is both warehouse and HQ. This was a full-construct commercial building project with some interesting challenges.
Billabong Surfwear HQ & Warehouse
The head offices of Billabong Surfwear in Burleigh Waters, in the Gold Coast of Queensland also include their showroom shop and warehouse. We built the rammed earth walls for this development in the early 1990s.
Crystal Waters EcoCentre, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Teaching facility at Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Sunshine Coast hinterland, Queensland.