Category Archives: Brutalism
The owner of Tasmanian Chainsaws and Mowers in Launceston has a lot of common sense and solar panels. With the main power link to the mainland broken solar will be helping out Tas Hydro and all Tasmanians in times of disruption.
Western Australia now has the notoriety of being in the position where more Roof Top Solar power is generated than comes from power generating stations! As a result the WA government is loosing revenue and guess what, Barnett the premier doesn’t like it, so home owners are actually being penalised for having RTS. Further Barnett the silly has allowed Synergy the states power company to re-write the regulations to actively discourage folks from using RTS.
A good friend of mine has 2.4 Kw on his roof and wants increase to 5kw but he is not allowed because his new panels will be a different COLOUR from the originals. Now how stupid is that! This is how far petty pea brained politicians will go to make common sense installation of alternate energy difficult in the sad state of W.A. Its not what one would call a liberal attitude. Protection of coal royalties and generators aside Barnetts actions to discourage roof top solar is just not in the interest of Western Australians or any other Australian for that matter…
Corrie number eighteen.
Originially created in Photoshop 4! Its time they see the light of day…
Corrie – Corrugated roofs are everywhere in Australia this was the initial inspiration when I was building our home in Mahogany Creek in 1990. Originally the walls were going to be made of Colourbond corrugated steel – Corrie to every one who works with this wonderful material. I spent a lot of time designing that house but ironically corrie wasn’t used I couldn’t get anyone at the time to do the work, roofs yes, but not the exterior walls so I had to use a more conventional type of steel cladding. Now of course its used all over the place for every purpose imaginable there are many variations even a mini orb where the corrugations are only 15mm apart. One chain of work clothes shops uses throughout the interiors. I designed and built several tables that incorporated curved bullnose corrie. Altogether a versatile and practical material.
Looking at some of the half dozen or so pumping stations in and around Launceston it seems these small utility buildings give the architect an opportunity to let his or her imagination run free. Maybe its to test new combinations of building materials or train labour. Very few people are going to question the style or design of a building that sits tucked away in a corner between a riverbank levee and a main road. Its likely that very few people even care and even if they did object in some way there are many excuses that could used to make stifle debate. This building is the way it is for functional reasons. This building is the way it because of costs etc. But whatever the reason here we have an industrial building that is designed for a specific purpose in a style that echo’s the period in which was created and visually gives those of us who are interested something to ponder upon.