With the scale of the building and the sheer mass of bricks, the Create Range – Glazed Roman Blend brick (290x50x70) was chosen. Its longer, thinner profile lent itself well to the original inspiration of the hand-made Scandinavian brick, yet was machine made, locally here in New Zealand. The brick profile and three final glaze colours were chosen as a contrast to the metallic nature of the aluminium cladding, giving stunning texture to the building.
The bricks were hand graded and blended in the factory, however with the scale of this project, a great bricklayer was key to laying that blend. An artisan bricklayer was sought with a good eye for blending different tones and sheens and for the variety of laying techniques, needed. So C.F King Contracting was commissioned to join in on the collaboration. “Handing control over to your tradesperson to follow on with your vision is something of a leap into the unknown.” However Craig and Nathaniel King and their talented team are professionals and the lay on this project, with it’s variety of different laying techniques (inc. vertical stack bonding and brick and void screening) was so good it received an award at the Jim Matthews Supreme Awards from the NZ Masonry Trade Association.