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Working with a residential client on the Gold Coast’s Hope Island, Brisbane-based Joe Adsett Architects was challenged to capture the stunning views from both the north and the south. The firm specified PGH Bricks & Pavers’ Utzon brick from the Lang Mursten range to create a beautiful, modern home that celebrates its surroundings.

Director Joe Adsett and his team set upon solving the challenge by incorporating a series of courtyards throughout the plan. These courtyards would allow natural light and breeze to move throughout the core of the home. The brief called for a contemporary single storey dwelling that would not present as cold and clinical to visitors to the home.

Jack Wright, Project Leader at Joe Adsett Architects, noted that the strategy for achieving a warm and inviting home was executed through the selection of carefully considered building materials.


Meeting the brief with PGH Bricks & Pavers

PGH Bricks & Pavers’ Lang Mursten range also strengthens the exaggerated linear geometry of the house through the inherent elongated shape of the bricks themselves. The long format Danish bricks are soft-moulded and tastefully proportioned, which represents the perfect blend of innovative design and practical functionality.

Featured internally and externally, the PGH bricks were used to create a flowing space, blurring the lines between the internal and external environments. The team at Joe Adsett Architects specified Utzon from the Lang Mursten range to employ the rustic and handmade features of a luxury build. Working with the Utzon brick also enabled the architects to maintain the warm, homely feel that their clients sought.


Designing a timeless classic

Project Leader Jack Wright noted that finding the right brick manufacturer with the right brick range was critical for delivering the vision for the client.

“The bricks were specified predominantly for the bespoke aesthetic qualities of the bricks and the natural, unrefined appearance they exhibit,” Wright says.

“Despite being a manmade product, the bricks have a very rustic and handmade essence about them, contributing to the aesthetic of a timeless and enduring piece of architecture. They introduce a gritty, rugged component to the project, which is primarily composed of refined, polished materials.”

Expanding on the robustness of the Lang Mursten bricks, the team at Joe Adsett Architects also specified the bricks from the PGH range for their structural properties and their proven ability to support the structural integrity of a home. For Stratum, the home has incredibly large spans across the project, which are assisted by the structural properties of the bricks.


What is Stratum?

The name ‘Stratum’ given to the Hope Island home is derived from the use of stacked bricks throughout the home’s internal and external walls. This design decision pays homage to the idea of a house that has been built in layers.

“The bricks create a strategic datum throughout the house that is critical to the overall architectural composition. In essence, the bricklayer has created a solid foundation to the bottom layer of the house, with primarily lightweight construction used above the established datum,” says White. “The bricks also serve as a structural support to the stretched concrete awning along the rear façade of the building.”


"The bricks have a very rustic essence, contributing to the aesthetic of a timeless piece of architecture."


Joe Adsett Architects worked with experienced builder Allwood Contractors and bricklayer BGM Bricklaying on the project. Together they have achieved an exceptional Queensland home that sits beautifully alongside Links Hope Island golf course. The Utzon bricks from PGH Bricks & Pavers contrast beautifully with the greens of the fairway and the adjacent flora.


Explore the unique possibilities with PGH Bricks & Pavers

Are you working with a homeowner or a homebuyer who has tasked you with designing something truly special? Achieving a unique and timeless custom home often requires a unique and timeless brick. The Lang Mursten range from PGH Bricks & Pavers delivers a unique and elevated aesthetic, while maintaining the raw and authentic properties of a clay brick.

View the PGH bricks used in this project. You can also view the full Lang Mursten range in more detail by downloading the Lang Mursten brochure. If you would like to speak directly with PGH Bricks & Pavers’ brick experts, contact your nearest PGH Selections Centre and distributor

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