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Concrete In Australia : December 2008
NATIONAL PRECASTER NUMBER 50 • NOVEMBER 2008 the beach and water views, the ground floor contained additional accommodation, study and utility areas including laundry and garage whilst the basement provided the obligatory cellar, gymnasium and additional storage; all three floors being serviced by a lift. The use of precast concrete was extensive and was supplied by Bianco Precast. Wall panels were 150mm thick in a variety of sizes, with some canopy panels over windows. Dummy joints were provided to the panels in the form of grooves to create a horizontal design emphasis and to help reduce the visual scale. For the extensive pergola area, generally 400mm square precast columns and beams were employed. Durability for all seasons - in polished precast This is one house that will take anything the seasons can throw at it and still look good while performing well. Its polished precast construction will ensure that its appearance will stay unchanged for many years, requiring virtually zero maintenance. It was the need to ensure durability for the exposed beachfront site in Adelaide, with its salt-laden air, that persuaded the owners to research suitable materials. In conjunction with the owner’s architect, Mike Sims of Sims Architects, the decision was made to use polished reconstructed granite precast (using white quartz) for the exterior walls of the two-storey house. This decision meant that durability would not be a concern. Situated on a corner block with direct beach frontage, the site presented numerous challenges including council planning restrictions, privacy issues and a western facing outlook. The owners were looking for a design which would capitalise on the beachside location. Working with the clients, a design evolved where primary living spaces were located on the first floor to capitalise on In all there were 18 grey concrete basement and lift panels, 58 polished granite pieces (nearly all of which were of different dimensions), and 18 fence panels and pillars which were also precast using the same granite mix but gritblasted on all exposed surfaces in order to create a textural difference between the fence and the polished house panels while maintaining that complimentary bond of like materials. Webber Residence – Adelaide Architect: Sims Architects Building contractor: Bicton Constructions Precast manufacturer: Bianco Precast Form & Function Melbourne 30th April – 2nd May 2009 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre www.formandfunctionexpo.com.au Diary dates… Conferences & exhibitions in 2009 ICCX - International Concrete Conference & Exhibition Oceania 30th March – 2nd April Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre www.iccx.org The conference and exhibition for all stakeholders in the concrete and precast concrete industries. The comprehensive conference programme includes an impressive line-up of international speakers who will report on new trends and developments in the international market. The integrated trade exhibition will cover all important aspects of modern concrete production technology. Form & Function is a must attend event for builders, architects, building designers, specifiers, developers, government and industry personnel who wish to view, for specification purposes, the latest products, services and technologies available for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Concrete09 17th – 19th September Luna Park Sydney www.concrete09.com.au Join concrete professionals and users at the Concrete Institute of Australia’s 24th Biennial Conference. The conference provides the opportunity to share research, innovation and new practices within the concrete and construction industry. Designbuild Sydney 21st – 23rd May Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre www.designbuildexpo.com.au Designbuild is recognised as Australia’s premier exhibition for those involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction. With over 400 exhibitors, be the first to see new products and the latest sustainable building materials and ideas. Designbuild Perth 9th – 11th October Perth Exhibition Convention Centre www.designbuildexpo.com.au Experience all that the building and design industry has to offer at Designbuild Perth, WA’s only building industry exhibition. With over 130 exhibitors, be the first to see new products and learn from the experts to maintain your competitive edge. Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 4 37