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Sydney Adventist Hospital - A Breath of Fresh Air

HT Ceramic Facade

Sydney Adventist Hospital Facade  

Following an undertaking in 2011 to redevelop the Wahroonga hospital, stage 1 is now complete and includes a façade that breathes healthy fresh air as effectively as 70 deciduous trees.


Stage 1 redevelopment of the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga, Sydney is now complete.  Designed by MBMO Architects, the $181 million hospital incorporates a wealth of innovative products and materials.  In particular the ceramic façade, supplied by Melbourne based company Ceramic Solutions, is designed to reduce toxic air pollutants and improve the quality of the air we breathe, making for a hospital that is truly beneficial to human health in more ways than one.

Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga,  ©Brett Boardman Photography


Ceramic Solutions is a supplier of high quality German-made ceramic tiles and facades.  Oliver Huss, Managing Director of Ceramic Solutions says “Using ceramics as a building façade is far from new, but with the addition of a unique material called HT, ceramic tiles have the potential to revolutionise the way Australian buildings are being constructed.”

The HT ceramic façade at Sydney Adventist hospital provides three distinct advantages.  Firstly, it offers an antibacterial effect to prevent the growth of mould and algae on the building surface.  Secondly, it’s easy and economical to clean as HT minimises dirt adhering to the façade surface to create a self-washing effect when it rains.  And lastly, HT has a photo-catalytic reaction to sunlight that decomposes exhaust fumes produced by industry and cars: a HT façade surface of 1,000 m² will clean the air as effectively as 70 deciduous trees – an aspect that is increasingly gaining importance as cities become more and more densely populated. 

“HT ceramics increases the live-ability of a city, as no water is wasted to maintain the façade and harmful odours such as formaldehyde are eliminated by the activated oxygen, creating a lasting improvement in air quality.”

The manufacture of Sydney Adventists hospitals façade was produced in Germany by Agrob Buchtal, who has been making tiles since the 18th century.  Agrob Buchtal façades are unique not only for their HT benefits, but also for its curtain-type easy mounting system that enables the ceramic panels to slide into place with no special tile fixing skills required.  This allows buildings to go up on site much quicker and more efficiently than traditional constructions. 

Within Australia, tiles have often been considered a difficult façade material to install and maintain, but with the introduction of HT ceramics it’s suddenly not only an economical advantage, but also a sustainable one – even a century later. 

Ambulance Entrance to Sydney Adventist Hospital  Sydney Adventist Hospital Facade