Austral Bricks’  clay bricks have again been associated with an award winning architectural project, this time an extension designed by architects Fox Johnston.

The unassuming house in the Sydney suburb of Kensington – flanking Randwick Racecourse – was the winner of the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (RAIA) NSW award for the Alterations and Extensions category in the 2008 competition.

Fox Johnston designed the extension to create a living space that connects the 1930’s house to the rear garden. Bowral Blue bricks, by Austral Bricks, were selected for the project to complement the existing brickwork.

Architect, Felix Junker said, “We love the robustness of brick and its longevity over a building’s life. The richness and texture of brick appeals to us, as well as the fact it will enable the building to feel timeless.

“We have started to use a lot more brick in our material selection particularly because it offers excellent thermal and acoustic properties for the building.

“There is such a wide range of brick types available from companies like Austral Bricks that façades can be designed as simply or intricately as you desire.”

The RAIA jury, as part of their evaluation wrote, “This addition achieves an uncluttered expression, which nonetheless carries a commendable sense of character and individuality.”

This could be said about every brick created by Austral Bricks. This piece of award winning architecture demonstrates how brickwork can achieve a contemporary look in new homes or alterations and additions to older homes.