OMI Architects specified Wienerberger's Anglesey Weathered Buff brick for its worn appearance and colour on this project, an independent residential mental health facility which houses 16 residents with long-term mental health illnesses.
The project was born out of a partnership between OMI Architects and Grwp Gwalia – a leading not-for-profit provider in social housing and care support services – and has been designed to provide an ultra-modern facility, which is sympathetic to the local residential habitation.
As one might expect of the architecture of southern Wales, the facility has been designed to have a pale exterior reminiscent of the local sandstone. To achieve this balance the architect specified Wienerberger’s Anglesey Weathered Buff brick, as its patina and worn nature generate harmony with the local area.
The selected brick reinforces the tactile nature of the whole project, particularly in the courtyard. The buff tones provide a lightness that is not overbearing but is welcoming and attractive. Further detailing to the brick façade is provided by the incorporation of a number of soldier course bands detailed at high level and the introduction of deep pre-cast stone cills to the punched holed windows.
By ensuring the facility sits within the local community, as opposed to contrasting with it, the architects have met a primary objective that not only means the building looks appealing to those on the outside but meets the highest therapeutic standards, which create an environment that is secluded up to the point of comfort - but no further.
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