Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennalegeneral
Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale
Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale
Innovative Use of Face Brick Creates New Identity for University Residence
Corobrik officially opens the doors of its new Springs Centre
Enchanting sounds hit the right note in Corobrik-sponsored amateur orchestra
Corobrik pavers and face bricks bring warmth to renovated Boksburg Lake
Corobrik’s face brick takes flight at Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital
Innovative designs emanate from Corobrik-sponsored Creative Bricklaying Workshop
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’
Corobrik’s striking new paving selection
Corobrik keeps up with the times with BIM
Corobrik face bricks add to affordable education sector with opening of new Sky City School in Watervalspruit
Corobrik shows ubuntu spirit with latest donation to KwaMashu Christian Care Society
Corobrik’s CoroJem Classic Blend Travertine face brick proves the right choice for affordable housing development
Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocks
COROBRIK HELPS MAKE HISTORY AT THE NEW UMKHUMBANE MUSEUM
EIGHTH DIAMOND AWARD REFLECTS COROBRIK’S CONTINUED EXCELLENCE
Corobrik sponsors masterclass which demonstrates a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city
COROBRIK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
Corobrik employees undergo a training programme to improve customer experience
Renée Minnaar from the University of Pretoria wins the 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik partners with local retailers to increase delivery to outlying areas
A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik ’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award
Westbury Clinic’s healthy design nets international award
Fire-resistant Landscape Architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Award
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and production
Margeaux Adams puts her name on the architectural map
Sustainability in building design has won Renée Minnaar of the University of Pretoria a place at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in The University of the Free State, Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s clay face brick chosen for superior thermal efficiency
Sustainable building is the focus at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s latest product range at the KZN Construction Expo 2018
Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Double curving face brick wall in newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africa
Tshwane University of Technology student maps the way into the architectural future
COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 31st ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Award winning young architects pave the way to the future
31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award steps into the future
Corobrik’s face bricks add complexity and appeal to captivating Pretoria home
The Devland Social Housing Development used durable clay face bricks manufactured by Corobrik
Corobrik donates face bricks for construction of school kitchen
Corobrik opens modern Nelspruit Centre
Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City development
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululand
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.
Western Cape Government’s newest office building constructed with Corobrik face brick on track for 5-Star Green Star SA as-built rating
Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awards
SANparks employees upskilled with paving training
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern development
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park development
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plan
Urban greenery initiative takes top prize in Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city building
Katherine Dewar’s focus on innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity has won her a place in the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement village
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high school
Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional event
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.
Lana Bramley wins the University of the Free State regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
A community food production facility in Alexandra wins the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Award.
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar development
Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year event
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
A million Corobrik Champagne PA clay pavers have been arranged in a Herringbone pattern along Tembisa’s sidewalks.
Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
Corobrik has once again proved itself as a leader in quality assurance and sustainable environmental practices with the further attainment of a number of world-class operating standards at several...
Musa Shangase believes in the soundness of bricks and mortar.
New Swellendam primary school is set to excite
Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
At the Afrikaans Boys' High School in Pretoria, a public high school for boys situated in the city affably known as Affies, a new ground level canteen and upstairs computer room were required....
Prudent sourcing and selection of building materials and fittings and fixtures has delivered Lakehaven Phase 11- a ground breaking social housing project that will definitely raise the bar in this...
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Platinum Manor, a new Central Development Projects, affordable housing scheme recently completed in Chantelle Pretoria, features 2.37 million Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks.
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Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year.
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Many homeowners have questions about clay bricks. Some of the experts at Corobrik provide answers.
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Research findings in the USA, Australia and South Africa continue to compound endorsing clay brick constructions pre-eminent status for sustainable house construction in South Africa.
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The construction of additional accommodation at the University of Witwatersrand’s Barnato Hall of Residence will provide a hundred and fifty students with new rooms by the end of 2019. Although modest in the face of the national shortfall of 250,000 beds (according to the Department of Higher Education), the project demonstrates an innovative approach for universities to provide quality yet cost-effective accommodation by extending their existing residences.
“We are testing the approach of ‘adding on’ to a number of existing residences. The extensions benefit from the infrastructure, circulation, services and social spaces of the existing residence, whilst adding value to the original,” explains Thorsten Deckler, principal at 26’10 south Architects. “Our extension to Barnato does not even have new stairs but provides the existing residence with a new lease on life by adding a much needed second lift, adding new communal spaces and improving existing ones.”
The brief from the university was to accommodate as many students as possible using readily-available, low-maintenance materials.
Two core values guided the architects: ‘To make design work hard’ and to ‘recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary’. Deckler explains: “This means that every design decision does more than one thing and that the everyday experiences are enhanced through design.” The sound of water from the nearby pond and the views into established trees, over the roofs and beyond, lend a sense of tranquility and expansiveness to the introverted spaces of the original building.
Over the years, 26’10 has refined their approach of combining new and old in several award-winning projects. “We do not see the existing as sacrosanct nor as something that should be completely remodeled. By adding on in a certain way buildings gain a new identity made up of both new and old.” At the time of receiving the commission, debates and protests regarding access to education and decolonization were raging on university campuses nationwide. “Extending an existing building designed in the late 1980s to resemble a Roman fort and named after a colonial Randlord presented us with an interesting opportunity to test our approach at a large scale,” notes Deckler.
The design of the new brick façades took this approach a step further. Principal partner at 26’10, Anne Graupner, developed a concept for a woven brick skin that incorporates the textures and colours of the original building. “Working with Corobrik was an obvious choice for us and they completely embraced the concept,” explains Graupner. On a visit to various brick yards around Gauteng, Graupner discovered ‘under the tree bricks’ – specially shaped bricks left over from previously commissioned ranges that could be acquired at a lower cost. “Seeing these unique high-quality bricks gave us the idea to create a brickwork quilt using different colours and textures,” says Graupner.
A standard red face brick complements the existing buildings and is interwoven with special bricks that are distinctive in colour and shape. A cream-coloured stock brick, matching the plastered surfaces of the existing building, is interspersed with darker bricks, providing carefully-placed highlights that animate the building. Bricks that were used include Village Antique, Midrand NFX (yellow), Onyx and Agate in a combination of single and double cants and bullnoses.
Graupner is satisfied with the result, noting that the new building comes across as familiar and surprising at the same time: “Like a tapestry made up of different strands and patterns, it speaks of the strength and beauty of diversity. We believe this is a fitting image at a time when difference is often used to divide.”
Project architect and associate, Paul Devenish, managed the project from concept to completion and has this to say: “In order to translate our design intent into reality we had to really think it through. We tested patterns at a 1:1 scale using real bricks. We drew every visible brick in the building and made a 1:50 model with our drawings stuck to it to communicate our intent to the bricklayers and the client who bravely supported us.”.
26’10 employed Tebogo Ramatlo (a recent architecture graduate from the University of Johannesburg) to work with the brick laying teams and to help translate drawings and instructions. Corobrik stepped forward to assist with Alex Thobejame, their bricklayer trainer from the Gauteng Building Training School, who worked on site with the bricklayers.
As phase one is being completed, phase two is in design development under the lead of Devenish. He notes that, “All involved have undergone a steep learning curve and we hope to further hone our skills and those of a next generation of bricklayers.”
According to Nick Talbot from Corobrik the collaboration with the architects has been a very positive experience: “The architects saw our bricks as an essential element of their design and it was great for us as manufacturers to be closely involved in the process of making this building.”
“The project has given Corobrik a wonderful opportunity to showcase how face bricks can be used in an innovative way,” says Musa Shangase, Corobrik Commercial Director. “We were also delighted to be able to assist in training the bricklayers so that the architects’ design could be realized as intended.”
The shortage of quality student accommodation is a global challenge that is felt with particular intensity in South Africa, where education is seen as one of the chief means to overcome poverty. The project might just show a way to develop affordable and durable student accommodation, using brick to create joyful buildings.