Tuesday 19 Aug 2014
Brick House by LETH & GORI has two main objectives; to create a house which is maintenance free for 50 years and to give it a life span of at least 150 years. The project is part of the development scheme 'Mini-CO2 houses' initiated by the philanthropic foundation Realdania. The goal of Realdania's project is to develop affordable, sustainable houses with a low CO2 footprint, focusing on materials and building techniques and aiding the inhabitants to reduce CO2.
Brick House is based on a vision of a house that is alive and can breathe. This vision is realised by reducing the wall construction of the house to one material; clay. By using clay blocks and bricks, a solid and homogeneous and initially simple outer wall is created.
This outer wall is diffusion-open, allowing the building to breathe like traditional solid brick houses that have been proven to last. Furthermore, the reduction to just one wall material reduces the number of joints between different materials and the potential building mistakes that these joints usually cause. The solid brick walls result in a robust and healthy house with a long lifespan, good indoor climate and low maintenance.
Brick House rediscovers knowledge and techniques from traditional brick houses in Denmark -houses that are built well with good technical solutions, craftsmanship and materials. Brick House uses the same principles to build a contemporary home with a long life span thus adapting the best of historic buildings but at the same time integrating new knowledge and techniques. The result is a house that radiates qualities of architecture and craftsmanship.