Ceramic Tile Pattern of the World-class Architecture
It is inevitable to come across many blocks and rocks when building the Sydney Opera House. One prominent problem is about how to build the shape of the shell and how to attach the ceramic tiles to the shell. The tiles will fall down at once if people apply to the traditional way to attach the tiles on the completed concrete shells. Also, it is unpractical to place over a million tiles by hands.
The architect, Utzon used what he called “additive architecture” to solve this problem. He used pre-fabricated components with an incremental assembly of the whole. The size of each tile is 120mm square and this kind of ceramic tile is available on the market. If you like, you can use the tile in the wall, the floor or the kitchen. Then you can own you small world full of the elements of the Sydney Opera House. Isn’t that great?
The tiles are made from clay and they should be covered with a fine mesh and brushed over. After that, the tiles will be fired and become what we call “Sydney tiles”. A small proportion of crushed stone will be added to the tile, because it will make the tile rougher. This will enable a granular texture and prevent excessive glare in the harsh sunlight.
As one of the most famous landmarks in Australia, the Sydney Opera House is a great story of using the common ceramic tiles as important elements.