Sydney Modern Project – Art Gallery of NSW
Our massive rammed earth walls sweep through glazed panels and connected pavilions of two levels this extraordinary new building, linking internal and outdoor landscaped areas. There is over 250 lineal metres, 1350m2 of rammed earth in the two main walls. Including the Mingwei Spirit House dome, the rammed earth contains more than 1000 tonnes of sand material.
Located in Sydney's CBD, next to the Domain and the Botanic Gardens. The challenges of the steep and congested site led us to develop a new methodology for building rammed earth in difficult locations.
We were also commissioned to build the rammed earth dome which forms The Spirit House artwork by Lee Mingwei. The dome is covered by landscaping, and is lit only by a skylight above a Buddha placed below a skylight in an alcove. The entry to this acoustically magical space is via a curving passageway. The Buddha holds a stone - sometimes - which patrons are invited to take with them on their journey. They may take it around the gallery or further, and return it or not. Their story forms part of the artwork.
The gallery was designed by Pritzker award winning architects SANAA for the Art Gallery of NSW.
University of Queensland/Spicers Wildlife Centre, Hidden Vale
The University of Queensland/Spicers wildlife research centre at Hidden Vale has an extensive internal core of rammed earth walling. The research centre is situated on a 3100 hectare nature refuge. It includes a captive wildlife and breeding centre and a permanent release facility, with a particular focus on echidnas. The rammed earth walls are part of a strategy to allow termite breeding without endangering the structure. (Rammed earth is of no interest to termites.) Designed by WD Architects.
Garangula Art Gallery, Harden, NSW
Multi award-winning private art gallery focusing on indigenous art, 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 and especially commissioned artwork were incorporated into the rammed earth walls.
Stockland Promenade, Deception Bay
CUSP Landscape Architects employed us to create a colourful rammed earth statement entry to a new Stockland housing estate in Deception Bay, Queensland. It was extremely rewarding to receive an email from the Landscape Architect for the project, Sam Waterson. “We just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of CUSP for your […]
Halcyon Greens Over 50s Village, Gold Coast
Halcyon Greens, Pimpama is a new development in the Halcyon Lifestyle Communities over 50s developments. Halcyon invests a great deal into the recreation, resort and park elements of these developments, and as part of their commitment to provide something special they have incorporated our rammed earth into two of their recent projects – Halcyon Greens and […]
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."
Halcyon Glades Over 50s Village
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.
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.
Noosa Pengari School Hall
A multi coloured rammed earth wall achieved using different coloured soils. Sunshine Coast hinterland, near Noosa, Qld.