A new 3D Visualiser to be launched by Corobrik on the 1st July will enable architects and specifiers to generate an accurate visual impression on their own computers of how a particular face brick would look on one of the existing designs.
All they need to do is select a photograph of a residential or commercial building on Corobrik’s 3D Visualiser web site and choose a face brick from a wide selection to paste onto the building. They can try out any number of different face bricks of varying colours and textures until they find the one which best suits their purpose.
“This is particularly useful when adding an interesting face brick detail or feature wall to a plastered and painted building or when introducing a new visual element to complement any other building material,” said Musa Shangase, Commercial Director of Corobrik.
“Our 3D Visualiser allows architects flexibility and a quick and easy way to give free rein to their creative talents, whilst knowing exactly what the finished result will look like.”
“We see it as an inspirational tool which will enable architects to experiment with the myriad of options that face brick has to offer as a stand-alone or as an added detail to complement, enhance or contrast with concrete, aluminium, glass or paint. The wide variety of colours and textures that face brick has to offer gives them a whole palette to experiment with and so add vibrancy, individuality and distinction to their designs.
Useful for paving too
The tool can also be used for paving so architects can see what the surround of a patio or swimming pool will look like in one of the many different coloured pavers that Corobrik offers. The paving can be rotated to create an authentic picture.
“This innovative new digital tool shows how face brick complements other building materials and highlights the beauty of brick,” Shangase said.
Architects were given the opportunity of experimenting with a pilot version of the programme at a recent function organised by Corobrik, resulting in a number of positive comments.
“Several said that they hadn’t realised how many different colours and textures of face bricks and pavers Corobrik manufactured,” Shangase said.
Easy to use
The 3D Visualiser is easy to use on any computer and is responsive to the size of the screen. It was developed over a year by Corobrik’s advertising agency, FCB Durban, in conjunction with their digital partner.
“At present there are a limited number of images on the system but the site will be expanded as more innovations are built, tested and loaded,” Shangase said. “We also plan to add more technical information on bricks to future versions. Basically, this is phase one of a living tool.”
At this stage, the programme is available to architects, specifiers and Corobrik’s premium clients but the company hopes to open it up to the public down the line.
It will be up and running on 1 July 2016 at www.corobrik.co.za/3d-visualiser.
Corobrik is the first brick manufacturer in the country to make this type of tool available to its customers. The company has been producing quality clay bricks and pavers for the South African construction industry for more than a century.