A striking suburban home by Bosske Architects, which is wrapped entirely in Marley Eternit Acme Red Smooth clay roof tiles, has received a prestigious Australian Think Brick design award.

Now in its ninth year, the Think Brick Awards celebrates design excellence in the use of clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles by Australia’s best architects and designers. This year’s awards attracted 315 entries with Camino House, a suburban extension project in Western Australia, winning the Roof Tile Excellence award for its innovative use of clay plain tiles as a singular material across the whole building envelope.

Camino House was designed in the manner of an ‘oast’ or hop kiln, with the new part of the building mimicking the chimney forms of the surrounding housing, reflecting the suburb’s history, yet at the same time creating a striking aesthetic. UK-manufactured Acme Red Smooth single camber clay plain tiles were chosen by the project’s architects, Bosske, as a natural product that could be used on the facade, as well as the roof, to create a unifying sense to the form.

Each year the trade association Think Brick Australia runs the awards, in partnership with the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia and the Roofing Tile Association of Australia, to encourage architects, designers and builders to rethink brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles as contemporary and sustainable design materials. The Roof Tile Excellence Award, with a prize of AUD$10,000, is sponsored by the Roofing Tile Association of Australia.

Ms Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of the Roofing Tile Association of Australia and Think Brick Australia, was one of the judges on the panel.

“The judges chose Camino House as one of the winners this year because it opened their eyes to the incredible design opportunities available through use of roof tiles. The roof structure on Camino House, clad in the beautiful smooth red roof tiles from Marley Eternit, is a striking design that showcases how roof tiles can move from traditional to contemporary application not only on the roof but also on the façade,” said Ms McIntyre.

The project involved the roofing contractors, Carter Roofing & Slating Pty Ltd, working closely with the architect and builder in order to achieve the numerous tile junctions on the continuous clay surface.

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager from roof tiles’ manufacturer Marley Eternit, comments: “We are delighted that Camino House has been recognised by the Think Brick awards’ judges. The selection of our Acme Red Smooth clay plain tiles as a singular material has created a building which has a sense of permanence and robustness in this raw suburban context and perfectly showcases the versatility of clay plain roof tiles in today’s architecture.”

Marley Eternit’s Acme single camber clay plain tiles are available in a range of eight colours to help match local vernacular and meet planning requirements. The tiles also offer excellent design flexibility, with the ability to be used at pitches as low as 30°, as well as for vertical tiling applications.

The Acme clay plain tile range also boasts impressive environmental credentials, including the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification, BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and certified carbon footprint data at product level.

A range of fittings, accessories and ventilation products is also available to complement the tiles. To request a sample or literature please contact 01283 722588 or visit