Leading brick maker, Corobrik has supplied face brick and pavers for the construction of Louwville High School in the Western Cape. Creative use of face bricks and pavers was the perfect finish to the striking development which now makes up a vital part of the Vredenburg landscape.
The plinth on the school building has been constructed using Corobrik’s Cape Stormberg Travertine face bricks with plaster bricks being used for the remainder of the construction.
To complement the face brickwork, Corobrik’s Cape Stormberg pavers were used to pave walkways and the courtyards.
The school consists of five blocks, which include 38 classrooms and eight offices, all situated around three courtyards.
“The use of Corobrik face brick in the Louwville Primary School development was very cleverly done, offering an appealing aesthetic to inspire young learners,” said Christie van Niekerk, Manager for Corobrik Western Cape. “Face brick for school buildings remains popular with government departments because of the superior quality, durability and low maintenance aspects that underscores the Corobrik range.”
The Corobrik non-slip, colour-fast clay pavers would always remain an ideal choice, particularly for school areas where children are at play.
Architect, Wilhelm Louw, of 2AD Space Architects Inc., said the face brick plinth created uniformity within the building courtyards and the school.
Face brick detailing was implemented around curved faces of the structure as well as planter boxes. By cutting the brick into smaller pieces a woven-texture finish was created.
Construction of the school around the courtyards provides children with a sheltered space from the harsh Vredenburg environment, offering relief from wind and sand. The junior and senior courtyards also have physical training slabs to accommodate activities and sports connected with primary school curricula. Within the courtyards further detailed brickwork – using Corobrik’s Cape Stormberg pavers - can be found in the patterned pavements.
Commenting on the choice of Corobrik’s face bricks for the use within the development, Louw said his first instinct was to select a material that is sustainable throughout.
“The Cape Stormberg face brick is manufactured at Corobrik’s Phesantekraal Factory in the Western Cape, which means that transportation thereof to site is minimal,” said Willem Louw. “Maintenance and durability is another sustainable aspect to consider, which makes face brick a frontrunner.”
Thermal capacity of face brick is perfect for the hot climate of Vredenburg, as it has a good lag-time that allows for a more stable temperature within the buildings.
Despite having a limited budget the design was kept alive and interesting with several unique features.
Playful holes into the roofs over non-habitable spaces, along with the drinking fountain nodes, mosaic beacons and intricate gable ends throughout the design. The classroom-façade pattern-blocks are a rhythmic joining element within the courtyards, along with the face brick band.
As well as receiving a new school, the development saw the upliftment of the Vredenburg community in general. Local community members were taken in on site and trained by Corobrik in brick laying and other construction skills. The Expanded Public Works’ Programme was facilitated by Corobrik’s Western Cape Building Training School.