The Famous Grouse Hotel, Lincoln, Christchurch
The original Famous Grouse Hotel had stood for over 140 years in Lincoln, until the September 4th 2010 earthquake struck, causing irreparable damage to the building. Demolition and planning for a new hotel quickly followed, with the building opening to a thirsty local clientele in March 2012. In keeping with traditional pub design, the two-storey front entranceway has been clad in Moeding clay tiles. Although Moeding may be reminiscent of traditional bricks it provides the facade with far stronger and safer seismic resistance.
The Moeding tiles used have a deep groove through the centre and although 300mm high, this groove gives the appearance of a 150mm module. Hi-impact resistance from Moeding's Dual Skin technology makes it highly suitable for use in the main entranceway. A unique feature in the terracotta facade market, Moeding can also be used as it has been on this project for walls and soffits.
Architect/Designer: Townsend Architects, Auckland
Contractor/Installer: Calder Stewart Construction Canterbury