architectum issue 25 | Upgrading
International magazine for brick architecture
Bricks, clay blocks, roof tiles and pavers are among the most versatile and modern building materials. They allow the implementation of architectural fantasies as well as varied and aesthetic designs.
Expectations and demands are high, the wish list is long. This presents architects and clients with complex challenges. In consideration of the demands and expectations relating to quality of living, indoor climate, health and energy-efficiency, bricks, clay blocks and roof tiles prove to be very valuable building materials.
One of the largest current urban development projects in Germany is taking place in Dortmund, on an area of 200 hectares, on a former industrial site. Plans for the development include an artificial lake, new business and industrial buildings,and homes.
The aesthetic of a building is based on the technical and design quality of the used building materials.
Building in the public sphere often involves an architecture of appropriateness.
Todays’ buildings must meet the challenges of the future. A beautiful look is no longer sufficient, even though it might be spectacular.