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Richmond Building Students Union, University of Bristol

Challenge

To create an extension that would provide a visual plinth to the existing concrete structure whilst presenting an active frontage with new entrances and expansive views in and out of the building.

Solution

The extension has been developed as a single modular form with simplified façade detailing throughout and specially fabricated corner bricks to suggest a greater perceived wall thickness and mass. Responding to the existing slate clad higher level balconies, architects chose Ibstock’s Linear Fireborn Freedom Blue Riven brickwork, in preference to a slate tile, to create seamless edge details and present a distinct contrast between the new and existing structures. The riven texture and deep colour of the special format linear bricks, used in combination with a repeat stacked bond design and recessed 3mm mortar joints, visually emphasises the linear, plinth form and strength of the façade.

Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley

Brick Type(s): Fireborn Freedom Blue Riven

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