A look at two stunning clay brick and block projects that have been nominated for the 2018 Wienerberger Brick Awards.
CLIMAmur Block Art Studio in Germany
Featured first in Gleißenberg, Germany, near the Czech border, the architect designed a combination of workshop, studio and storage space for the artist Peter Lang using the CLIMAmur Blocks. The result was three halls of the same height and width, but slightly differing lengths. The building blends perfectly into its rural environment thanks to the gabled roof, raw rendering and large barn doors. The use of simple structures has resulted in a building that provides maximum climatic comfort.
The architect used church buildings as a model, because their size, huge capacity and stable indoor climate make them perfect for housing artwork. For the studio and workshop, the architect created large walls for hanging paintings and used glazed windows to ensure good light conditions for working on and presenting the artworks.
For the whole construction, highly insulating CLIMAmur Blocks covered with an abrasive grey render were used. Indoors, all the walls were painted white, with only the walls of the storage unit remaining untreated. The space is flexible because the walls separating the individual halls can be opened to create one huge room. Simplicity, pragmatism and flexibility are thus the ideas behind the project in Gleißenberg.
Porotherm Block Beach House with a TERCA Brick Facade in Denmark
Near Aarhus, right on the edge of the sea, architects created a private house that has been carefully tailored to its location by using naturally occurring colours and soft transitions between the interior and exterior of the house. Construction is Porotherm Clay Block with Terca Clay Brick facade. The client had a vision of a simple life by the sea, with the fantastic view of the water at the heart of the design.
The house blends in seamlessly with its environment thanks to the use of natural sandy colours for the facade, which is made of long and flat bricks. Inside, customised wood furniture was used to emphasise this dialogue with nature. The garden resembles the beach, with white shale, low trees, and wildflowers. With this project, the architects created a metaphor for the beautiful, relaxing life by the sea.
The idea was to integrate the daily changes in the sea into the house’s architecture. As a result, from the street the house appears closed and quiet, but the sea-facing side is open with many windows. The big, full-height windows also enhance interaction with the building’s natural surroundings.
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