Rethinking traditional bricks for a residence in Denmark
Developed by the philanthropic foundation Realdania, Brick House revisits traditional building techniques to create a long-lasting house with a low CO2 footprint. Located in Nyborg, Denmark, Brick House’s main objective is to provide a home that is maintenance free for 50 years with a life span of at least 150 years. Due to the proven durability of traditional brick homes, young Danish architects LETH & GORI set about reducing the walls of their design to one material: clay bricks.
Clay is a strong, homogeneous material that adapts and breathes to the atmosphere and environment. The clay bricks were used to create an outer wall that is diffusion-open, allowing the building to breathe. The same technique that was used in traditional brick houses in Denmark that served as the example for Brick House. Reducing the structure to one material also reduced the number of potential building errors that can be caused by joints between different materials.
The respirability of the brick better regulates the interior environment without the use of artificial climate control. And despite the material’s seeming heaviness, the interior is light and spacious with blond wood complementing the light brick walls. A combination of traditional craftsmanship and new techniques, Brick House is an excellent example of sustainable, durable architecture .