Former Chain Test House, Swindon…

A tour of the former Chain Test House, in Swindon.

Good quality finishes and good choice of new bricks which reflect the older stone in the area.


Blackfriars / Barbican Gloucester…

A snapshot of the context of the Blackfriars area, adjacent to the Docks in Gloucester. A fairly even mix of a range of orange/red bricks and stone, with lots of shades and textures.


Day 022a…

Another image just crept into the (1 photo a day) blog… The inside of a Victorian clay brick, taken from the structural wall of the end wall of our Victorian house.


The drill holes punched through the brick gives a sense of intrusion through time.


Dovecote Studio – Haworth Tompkins Architects…

Part of the Creative Campus at Snape Maltings – a musical rehearsal or temporary exhibition space.

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Haworth Tompkins have done an incredible job with this project. The idea and conceptions behind this very simple but effective project are incredible. The Corten steel modern box almost rises from the debris of the past, pointing towards the future, attempting to shrug off it’s old skin.


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Coloured cladding panels…

I’ve been thinking about the materials for our (at this point hypothetical) extension and have just come across another interesting option. The product is the¬†Moeding Longoton terracotta panel,¬†which can be made to dimensions ranging from 150mm to 3000mm.

The idea is that these panels are used as an external wall system, on top of an aluminium support framework. The insulation goes behind this and the main supporting wall. This system provides colour, texture and weather proofing and is an alternative to brick or render.

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Most of the back of the house is going to be white rendered fairly soon (fingers crossed!), while the front of the house is retained as the traditional Victorian brick with rendered bay. The red to cream colour range could be a nice reference to both the red brick and the white detailing and render, while also adding some interest and colour.