Friday, 1 February 2008
Units 3 + 4 visited the Ibstock Brick Factory in Almondsbury near Bristol. Upon arrival Chris, Mia and Jason from Ibstock warmly welcomed us to the factory. First we were given a presentation about inspirational brick building techniques that was then followed by a tour of the factory itself.
The tour took in the brick processing areas (pictured) as well as the furnace monitoring room, a rare glimpse inside the furnace, selection area and hand made specials. We also found out that this factory is unique, as its location sits about three geological seams enabling the production of a variety of brick finishes!
The group then went on to the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol - a refurbishment of an old tea warehouse undertaken by David Chipperfield Architects. The exhibition spaces were being prepared for their next opening so we had a good wonder around the bookshop and circulation routes that led to the other community used spaces. This was followed by a walk around the new regeneration area, taking in the boats and other eccentric architectures of the dockside.
IBSTOCK BRICKS WEBSITE
DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS
Posted by CP at Friday, February 01, 2008