Location: Oss, Netherlands
Architect: Grosfeld Bekkers van der Velde Architecten
Location: London, UK
Architect: Hutchinson & Partners, KSR architects & interiors
Location: Calgary, Canada
Architect: Dejong Design and Associates
Contractor: Waterford Homes Inc
Location: Hannover, Germany
Architect: Martienssen Architekten
Sustainability rating: DGNB Gold
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Architect: PLH Arkitekter
Contractor: Gråkjær A/S
Sustainability rating: DGNB
Location: Risskov, Denmark
Architect: Christoffersen & Weiling Architects
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect: Danielsen Architecture A / S
Contractor: Einar Kornerup A / S
Sustainability rating: DGNB Gold
Location: London, UK
Architect: Simon Bowden Architects
Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Location: Oslo, Norway
Architect: Kristin Jarmund Architects
Contractor: Vedal Entreprenør
Sustainability rating: BREEAM excellent
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Architect: SKAI Siemer Kramer Architekten Ing.
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Location: Berlin, Germany
Architect: A53 — GESELLSCHAFT VON ARCHITEKTEN
Location: Oslo, Norway
Architect: A-Lab architects
Sustainability rating: BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Architect: Wingårdhs architects
Sustainability rating: Miljöbyggnad nivå silver
Location: Bad Segeberg, Germany
Architect: Mißfeldt Kraß Architekten
Location: Hammershøj, Denmark
Architect: CUBO architects
Location: Altona, Germany
Architect: Nentwig.Notbohm architects
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect: Danielsen Architecture
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Architect: Bjørk & Maigård Architects
Location: Drengsrudbekken, Norway
Architect: Arkitekterne as
Sustainability rating: BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Architect: Architekturbüro Ruser + Partner MBB
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Architect: Sandell Sandberg
Location: Eskilstuna, Sweden
Architect: Hidemark & Stintzing Arkitekter
Sustainability rating: Miljöbyggnad nivå silver
Location: Staffanstorp, Sweden
Architect: Kamikaze Arkitekter
Minimalistic elegance meets contrasting combinations in this breathtaking home in Holland. In a symphony of grey nuances, the extra-long Ultima-bricks extend the voluminous villa, while the many large windows make for the perfect view of the green surroundings that embrace the exclusive and extraordinary Villa Oss.
On one side of the surface, a special bonding breaks with the minimalistic façade and adds character to the house. Especially at night, this transparent bond has a significant effect when the indoor illumination shines through.
The epitome of endless exploration is represented in this architectural project. Lots of hidden corners, numerous nuances, and distinguished details make you enthralled and curious. The extra-long Ultima bricks in a vertical format and calm grey colors, add a raw and coarse touch to the light-tinted piece of art.
In North West London, a significant and high-end apartment building contributes to the townscape. True to the hip surroundings, the building combines vertical and horizontal bonding of long format Ultima-bricks in numerous shades of grey. The result is a modern and magnificent piece of art.
There is nothing minimalistic about this apartment building in Billund in Denmark. Located on the corner of a roundabout, the architectural piece of art works as a design element to the moving townscape.
Inspired by a chestnut, as the name indicates, daring dimensions makes every apartment stand out. The large sections of windows are placed strategically and ensuring privacy, and the dark frames in combination with the light brickwork contribute to the thought-out depth of the building.
The architect has chosen Unika RT 542 to frame the project. The sand-colored bricks are rich in details and nuances which gives the brickwork an exciting color play and room for endless reflection.
With its location in the woods, the dark-tinted quality materials and a floor plan that sparks curiosity, this Canadian villa is a home out of the ordinary. The Ultima RT 161 plays a distinguished part in the project. The waterstruck black and brown nuances with warm bronzed highlights are the perfect complement to the surrounding nature as well as the simple and elegant interior design.
A significant detail in the project is the variation of bonds. When walking across the property, you can’t miss the play of bonds; There is the classic bond of long format bricks, a protruding bond as well as transparent one – each of which adds a special effect on the overall impression of the house.
Involved partners in the project
Waterford Homes Inc
Dejong Design and Associates
Shaun Ford & Co
Surrounded by trees and flanked by a tempting pool, this home offers quite a welcome. A welcome that is supported by the pleasant minimalism radiated by the combination of glass, light concrete and muted brick colours.
This grey and white-scaled office building is not just an elegant piece in the townscape of Hannover. It is also DGNB gold-certified due to its sustainable qualities.
The certification is provided by Green Building Council Denmark and is based on the project’s environmental, financial, social and technical quality as well as quality of process.
When creating this Australian residence, Joe Adsett Architects combine wooden lamella with extra-long format Ultima bricks to form a minimalistic impression with straight lines, inspiring patterns and inspiring nooks.
The architects chose the light-tinted RT 154 brick for this project. Combined with white and wood, the sand-couloured diversity of the brickwork is perfect for the Australian clear blue sky.
At an old shipyard site, a new office building has emerged. Not only are the architects’ references to modern ship decks remarkable, the building is also highly sustainable.
The 5.969 m² building is Alfa Laval’s head office with a ground floor-car park and three floors of offices. We assisted the architect and executive contractor with technical development of retaining principles. We also supplied the project with black RT 548 bricks.
The building is DGNB gold-certified due to its sustainable qualities. The certification is provided by Green Building Council Denmark and is based on the project’s environmental, financial, social and technical quality as well as quality of process.
In the home region of Shakespeare, this contemporary house has emerged. It is defined by significant clean lines – with two diverse split levels, remarkable windows and beautiful repetitive brickwork.
The many large window selections combined with the owner’s choice of materials and colours results in a significant house and a home with a light feel.
The eaves create various quiet nooks around the house – perfect for a cup of tea and some poetry reading.
This Swedish home with challenging shapes and straight lines is drawn towards the coast. So much it literally looks like the house is leaning towards the ocean.
From the street, the house is private with few windows, but from the garden – and the sea – the house opens op with great glass sections and a large terrace. The atrium in the centre of the villa provides a great natural inflow of light as well as small courtyard, that adds charm to the house.
A consistent element in the project is the RT 550 Kronos brick. It is a soft-moulded brick in shades of dim grey with a pinch of warm yellow. It picks up the surrounding’s play of colours and adds robustness to the house. The brickwork is also an important element in the indoor environment, where it sets the scene for a comfortable feeling of home.
North of the charming Danish city Aarhus, a unique villa overlooks the bay. This contemporary gem is oriented towards the sea, not only in its location – but in every architectural decision.
A combination of vertical and horizontal bonds offer a special welcome to the villa. The extra-long Ultima bricks do not only lend the house character, they also intensify the horizon behind the house.
The home is oriented towards the sea, not only in its location – but in every architectural decision. As you walk through the beautiful and simple rooms of the house, your eye continues to meet the many nuances of ocean.
The use of waterstruck bricks provide a special aesthetic to the house. Not two bricks are alike, the texture, surface and colour of each brick vary – just enough to create a distinctive expression in the overall brickwork.
New ways of working require new spaces for work. In Hannover, a new building has arisen for this very purpose. The building itself invites to co-working and knowledge-sharing with the combination of its organic shape, the remarkable window selections and the heavy red and brown nuanced bricks.
The shape is not the only thing to stand out. The variety of bonds seem random and playful – and especially this one is quite remarkable with prominent straight lines.
In Central Copenhagen you’ll find the office building Turbinehuset - nicely fitted into the neighborhood, with a restaurant and supermarket at street level.
The building is DGNB gold-certified and thus sustainable on many levels. The façade features red Rustica bricks and beautiful details with tombac covering at the window sections. The turbine house was conceived and designed by Danielsen Architecture in collaboration with Tetris, as a durable and well-thought-out office building - but is also in many ways a modern and flexible building.
Copenhagen's Mayor of Culture and Leisure Carl Christian Ebbesen has awarded this building as a particularly beautiful building in Copenhagen.
“With Turbinehuset, Danielsen Architecture and Danielsen Spaceplanning have created a building that functions functionally, aesthetically and with a pronounced respect for Copenhagen's architectural heritage and city life. At the same time as Turbinehuset helps to elevate the neighborhood architecturally and lovingly greets the past, the building is an innovative office building that forms the framework for the modern workplace of the future in the middle of the city, where inspiration and job satisfaction have the best possible conditions. The turbine house meets high demands on flexibility, quality and aesthetics that people have come to expect from modern architecture and working environment.”
At the turn of a lush roundabout in an attractive neighbourhood, a businessman bought a large detached plot of land to fulfil a childhood dream: To create a world of his own in the woods. The vision for the project was to create as much discretion and privacy as possible without comprising the desire for a bright home with open and translucent rooms filled with daylight.
The bricks are light-tinted with a raw and coarse touch that adds a sand-coloured diversity to the finished masonry. The slightly retracted masonry joints have been chosen to bring out the brick’s rustic surfaces even more. This detail rich façade plays elegantly with panels lined with pre-patinated copper cladding and obliquely cut hardwood cladding on the front door and garage doors. A symphony of warm and natural materials that blends in perfect symphony.
To embody the vision of combing grandiose looks, floor-to-ceiling windows and the desire for privacy, the initial sketch was paramount; The main building, the terraces and the large garage had coexist elegantly in order to create the desired effect in terms of privacy and positive outdoor atmosphere.
This stunning two-story German villa has fine horizontal lines with comforting overhangs made with dark Ultima-bricks. The floor plan extend the dining and relaxation areas outside sheltered from the element. Upstairs the everlasting summer nights can be enjoyed with a rustic backdrop of soft-moulded long format bricks. Combined with at lush flowering garden this villa has an inviting warm feel to it.
The combination of a broad driveway and parallel pathway elegantly lures visitors in for a closer look. The varying surface of light-bathed black RT 150 Ultima-bricks glooms at night.
Turning the first corner reveals the cozy covered terrace with direct access to kitchen and living room. The backyard conceals a private swimming pool.
The Compton Residence is a ten-store residential building in a London suburb. The project is strongly influenced by Art Deco-style, and its soft curves, geometric patterns and an amazing façade of cast aluminium come together to create a prestigious feel.
Residents and visitors of the building are welcomed by a stoic masonry with a generous canopy. The ground floor is clad in RT 153 – a detail that provides a robust and beautiful base for the prestigious and detailed building.
Each of the 49 apartments is planned to make the most of the views allowed by the curved bays, that is also the signature of the building. The bays are adorned with an imprinted leaf pattern – an Art Deco-style reference to the neighbouring Regents Park.
This project is a prime example of the fine line between respect for tradition and necessary innovation. In a historic part of the old Danish capital, five townhouses accommodate apartments, shops, a culture house as well as a state-of-the-art subway station – and it harmonises with the historic neighbourhood.
The centre of the project is a courtyard surrounded by five townhouses. Each house has a unique bond and technique, but all masonry is based on RT 154 and RT 554. The use of identical bricks provides a common thread across the five townhouses. As such, they are alike but unique.
The size and position of windows in the 30 apartments of the project imitate its neighbouring buildings. In the same way, the finish is inspired by the many towers on the boulevard, that was initially inspired by Paris’ Champs Elysee.
This award-winning design consists of three sculptural office buildings, that forms a cohesive architectural complex with the shared philosophy to maximize light. At ground level a communal entrance with reception and cafeteria welcomes users with a huge wide-open space, while crisscrossing transparent bridges connect each of the three office blocks.
The significant angled corners of each block create a harmonic sense of invitation, that ensures full outsight for occupants and the maximum intake of daylight. Fyrstikkalleen is built with a focus on sustainable design and materials that meet energy class A specifications. The project has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating. Another focus area is allowing for flexibility – in order to accomodate evolving trends in office layout. The importance of communication, collaboration and random social encounters are important themes here.
This grey two-story Belgian pearl concedes elegantly with panoramic views of the surrounding meadows. Drawing us in with it’s tempting south-faced swimming pool, this house has some wonderful brickwork details that align with the windows and provide comforting sunblock on both floors. This neat detail also throws a subtle and intended shade along the gray long format bricks.
From the driveway we get a glimpse of the crystal blue waters and are welcomed by a significant matte black front door. The black lamellas create an intriguing effect, that contrasts nicely to the light-tinted brickwork and sandy grit.
A bold villa with a dramatic black façade is hiding in the surburbs of Hamburg. Blessed with a secluded rooftop terrace and swirling panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the back garden, makes this villa a true hidden gem. Photos by courtesy of Herrn Carsten Brügmann.
The new Institute for Biomedicine at Aarhus University lends its traditional surroundings a touch of contemporary architecture while fitting into the old university park, where all buildings are yellow bricked.
The gable is allowed by a transparent bond of RT 207 bricks, a special Carlsberg Bjælker system for support and traditional brick consoles. From the outside, it is a tale of beautiful simplicity – on the inside, the bond lets great minds work with a view.
The building is adjusted to its surroundings – especially due to the yellow bricks and the traditional roof. At the same time, the two displaced wings and perforated end walls add a contemporary and rewarding touch to the historical epicentre for education.
These private residences in Berlin have an elegant way of inviting you in. From the green and gray brick-sectioned courtyard to the iconic curved breeze blocks, that sculp the masterpiece for this remarkable façade. The graceful arch of Ultima bricks creates a truly dramatic expression. Vertical black windows accompanied by gray concrete ribbons give the brickwork an edge of elegance. A superb display of genuine German craftsmanship.
Settled in the background, this Belgian villa doesn’t reveal much, but the rolling meadows and a broad driveway invite you to have a closer look. The layout surrounds a beautiful fig-planted courtyard with two-story floor-to-roof windows that reflect on the sizable swimming pool.
Secluded completely from the outside, this tempting poolside has the perfect waterstruck backdrop with Ultima’s raw and coarse touch. Ultima RT 153 with a retracted mortar really gives the long format the limelight on this exclusive private residence.
These exclusive Norwegian apartments resides beautifully in a 16-acre English-style park, that gives the Bygdøy-area its attractive feel. Ultima Full White and tinted brick mortar give the facades a calm and homogeneous feel.
Smoked linear facing bricks on a massive office building in the heart of Oslo. Designed by A-Lab Architects the new Eufemia office building is the latest addition of impressive office buildings, located between Barcode and the Medieval Park.
The Eufemia project has achieved a BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT sustainability rating.
Located in the heart of Stockholm. Basaren is a masterpiece of both architecture and engineering, where two oval forms resonate through the entire design and construction of these exclusive city apartments. This building is particular unique because of its façade of transparent masonry, which is made possible by the Carlsberg-system. The devil is in the detail, and this is no exception; each brick used for the transparent part of the brickwork has two extruded holes that matches the shape of the two towered-building. This requires extra structural support in wall elements, lintels and beams – but in turn provides a quiet synergy and gives the building a light and airy feel.
This architect-designed villa is located in the exclusive residential district of Blankenese in Hamburg. The former fishing and pilot village west of the city stretches along the banks of the Elbe. Referred to as “The Pearl of The Elbe”, this neighbourhood has a Mediterranean feel with scenic paths, winding stairs and a dense population of mansion dotted between lush greens. The villa itself is blessed with high-detailed masonry and open panoramic views. The RT 154 Ultima expresses warmth with its sand-coloured diversity. Brick by brick.
The new music school and library in Wolfurt, Austria fits into this existing ensemble of school, kindergarten, clubhouse, municipal office and hotel. The brass façade, faced towards the street, plays elegantly with the building's other material choices. Twelve striking, wide-framed square windows mark the music classes behind it.
Situated in an evergreen and lush German forest, this education centre is built in major blocks with overhangs that provide both shade and recreational space. Panoramic views of the natural sourroudings create a supreme learning facility.
The vision behind the new headquarters at Hammershøj is called Supersize Bricks and covers the architect’s visual expression.
The administration building consists of four 'stacked bricks'. To make these stones habitable, they are scaled by a factor of 92. The proportions of the stones have been preserved so that the expression at a distance will have clear references to the format of a Danish brick – now only at 21x10x5 meters. The same expression is repeated on the production buildings, which simultaneously act as exhibition walls and demonstration of mortar types and curves.
This flexible and modern office building integrates one of Oslo’s main shopping districts into its purpose. The transparent ground floor is framed by an Ultima-brick facade with ceiling-high window sections of varying widths that add life and dynamism to the facade.
The project on the old skating ridge in Aalborg is located on the border between the old residential quarter with masonry villas from the 1920s along Bernstorffsgade and the Øgade district's 4-5-story long-houses from 1940-50s. The houses facing Bernstorffsgade are laid out as separate villas with their own carport, roof terrace and outdoor living spaces. In selected locations, relief masonry, along with balconies and window sections provide a facade variety and a human scale.
By the waterfront in Frederikstad an abundance of details bursts from this large office building. Exclusive masonry in red-brown Ultima long-format brick both outside and indoors creates a stunning overall expression. From top floor one can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
Hidden in the sloped landscape near Stuttgart is a villa with Mediterranean feel. Amongst olive trees and bougainvilleas is a stress-free zone by the pool. The outdoor area is framed by the warm and light-tinted sandy feel from the brick walls.
This Belgian juvel is a myriad of open courtyards with breathtaking facades. The muted brick colors combined with a changeable surface creates a distinctive expression from this Villa in Antwerp, Belgium.
Far away from the everyday hustle, this high-end contemporary gem is hidden away in the woods. Featuring RT 150 Ultima Linear Bricks in vivid black.
This distinctive and bright German residence dwells peacefully in between greens. Special emphasis was placed on sustainability and a high quality of construction, which is implemented with precision and architectural love to the last detail.
When laying bricks vertically, magic occurs. In a mix of evergreens and gray, huge panorama views make this Belgian villa one of a kind. Here Ultima RT 156 is acting an important part in the bricked gables and overhangs and thus creating a notable contrast in the overall expression of the house.
This masterpiece of masonry is something quite out of the ordinary. Swirling waves of bricks swell through the entire structure’s façade, creating a drawing three-dimensional expression. The details are further emphasized by the varying color scheme featured in the soft-molded Prima-series.
This elegant apartment complex in central Aalborg, Denmark adds a hint of sunshine with its yellow shades that oozes of a natural and comforting atmosphere. The raw brick patterns create soothing backdrops from the private stone terraces and balconies.
97 owner-occupied flats in Harbour Park, Copenhagen, Denmark. The architecture of the block has classical roots. Owing to its well-defined shape, the block has a recreational courtyard area offering optimum conditions for light and shelter from the wind. The large scale of the building is broken down into smaller elements by means of a variety of façade materials and changes in elevation from 4 to 6 stories.
Behold Queen Eufemias Gate 42 (DEG42). An office building at Oslo’s waterfront that stands out with the very strong suspended meeting rooms in tile, which is overhang on the east façade with unique view through floor-to-ceiling windows. Along with New York-inspired fire escape that winds outside on the east, meeting rooms along the façade creates the unconventional a unique sculptural and dramatic look.
The tile façade is done in full height, ie. all weight is brought down to the foundation. The displaced window positions result in increased loads on the brick beams as the load is brought down to the foundation, and thus up to 17 shift high prefabricated tile beams are made to support the construction. The meeting boxes are suspended in a bearing steel structure with suspended bricklifts along the underside of the boxes. The thickness of the tile ceilings is just 35 mm. to achieve a minimalist expression.
Innovative property in Aalborg City center with a distinct sloping façade. Randers Tegl assisted the performing contractor in designing and planning expansion joints, as well as suspension principles and determination of the masonry course according to the placement of brick bellows. The design of the façade posed special requirements for the building's carrying capacity.
Capitalizing on the Unika brick’s expressive character, these exclusive apartments in Bekkestua, Norway have a special combination of materials. The warmth of the hardwood creates its own unique connection with the coal-burnt variation of bricks. Panoramic roof balconies open up to the light and spectacular views.
A giant curve characterizes this modern office building in Drengsrudbekken, Norway. Standing on columns the building’s masonry has an abundance of detail for a building of its size. Using different mortar colors creates a distinctive expression in collaboration with the bricks’ grey tones.
This project has a BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT sustainability rating.
At first sight, the facade of this white gem in Germany may look simple. But no detail is coincidental, and bold choices are the result of an exclusive and extraordinary expression that stands out in the residential area.
The format is dimensional which adds depth to the overall impression. The bonding is characteristic, while large sections of windows in different formats, vertical and horizontal, unite indoors and outdoors.
Ultima RT 154 comprises a significant element. The light-tinted white color makes room for every other beautiful and thought-out detail and is just like a symbol of the overall impression of the house; pure, clean, and timeless
Numerous shapes of white, straight lines and bold bonding are characteristics of this remarkable home in Oslo. The architectural choices radiate serenity and prove that cubism does not have to be boring.
The amazing view over the residential area and water on the horizon is utilized by large sections of windows that invite nature inside.
A significant detail in the project is the variation of bonds. A combination of vertical and horizontal bonds offers a special welcome to the home and adds a distinguished expression making the overall impression unique and not to underestimate.
This Belgian villa is a bold statement of white vibes, that truly embodies the concept of a million shades of white. Armed with Ultima bricks in full white, the architect has created relaxing spaces below brick overhangs, luxurious blends of black and white and brick flooring.
The supreme detail of this project might just be brick flooring. From the entrance, the brick floor continues its flow indoors, inviting guests to the spacious kitchen and common area with panoramic views of the garden. Outside the intention is to create an organic flow of lush green together with the playful swirling concrete pavement. From the living and dining area, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors lead to a brick-covered patio with an open fireplace completely made of bricks.
When it comes to exploit every inch of space to create atmosphere and feel, this private German residence has something very special. Being bold with bricks can create special enjoyable spaces. This is no exception.
Inspired by the long format’s possibilities to work with vertical alignment and the use of space, the architect has created a circular edged wall that welcomes you at the front door. Organized neatly with the brick flooring this waterstruck Ultima gives a sense of serenity and calm throughout the house.
This apartment complex in Brussels has a modernistic ring to it. When massively upscaling Unika Apollon’s soft waterstruck surfaces with gray-white color play, the brickwork’s snowy elegance creates a strong contrast to the black metallic window frames and floating balconies. The unique surface structure gives the finished construction a distinct and dynamic façade, rich in variations.
A-Lab Architects was given with the opportunity to transform this former industrial area of Oslo into a new attractive residential area, that takes advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. With close proximity to Mærradalen, the north-faces sloped terrain carves through the open courtyard. By designing the apartments with light coming from two sides, the recreative spaces thrives with light.
Every apartment bathe in an abundance of light with the plan layout and spacious balconies. The combination of minimalistic black steel with subtle and dark brick façade with elegant suspended brick-patterns, scales down the block’s volume and creates a sense of unity. Finally, the residence top is crowned with a huge shared roof terrace with spectacular views.
By combining an open ground plan with floor-to-ceiling windows and flowering green walls, this Belgian complex combines business and residence with urban leisure. Separated floor plans create balconies and a nice variation between black wood sections and bright bricks. Here, the Ultima RT 154 creates a delightful contrast to the deep blacks.
These harmonic apartments are located in the Wilrijk-district of Antwerpen. By combining Unika Helios’ gloomy flare with golden metallic frames for windows and balconies, the façade resonates with warmth and white-gold-elegance. The water struck brick’s yellow softness, white engobe and varying coal burns create a fine rhythm to the brickwork. Subtracted windows in brick frames and subtracted mortars add delicate touch too.
Situated among pinetrees this Swedish villa resonates a sense of serenity combined with modern and functional living. The sunny terrace and turquoise pool create a California state of mind in the heart of Scandinavia. A perfect match for the grey tinted and coarsed bricks.
A modern campus building for the students where the special technique to apply the dark grey mortar gives an exciting expression. The glass roof accentuates the modernity.
This timeless look in the centre of Täby has a minimalistic and classy look. The building’s squared form and straight lines work fine with bright coloured bricks, that have a slight variation in the final masonry.
A lovely apartment house that dwells together in harmony with the surrounding greens and common gardens. Bright yellow brick colours, beautiful wooden details and roof gardens create an appealing and relaxing atmosphere.
Apartments in irregular blocks combined with great craftmanship masonry and a beautiful brick colour toning in cold and warm sandy colours. Dark window frames and the minimalistic balcony rails frame a beautiful and unpretentious courtyard.
Block of apartment building in three different brick colours with each its distinctive expression. Matching colours and exciting masonry in the façade make these city apartments blend in an architectural sense, despite the different colours.
Munktellstaden is centrally located in Eskilstuna by rushing waterways, bridges, and islets. The place offers industrial history as well as sports activities, cultural events, good food, exciting museums, education, innovative business, and hotels. A new residential area and new district, Norra Munktellstaden, has emerged where, among others, Magnolia Fastigheter has built several constructions of both tenancies and condominiums.
In the planning work of the current project, Magnolia Fastigheter worked together with the architectural firm Hidemark & Stintzing Arkitekter, which works with both new production and older cultural-historical environments.
Magnolia Bostad's overall goal and requirements are to environmentally certify all buildings, according to at least Miljöbyggnad Silver. Regarding materials and products, these are carefully evaluated from a life cycle perspective to ensure that they do not pose any environmental or health risks either to the residents or to those who work with production. In the current project, it was decided right from the start that the facade material would at least 70% consist of brick or plaster. The choice fell on bricks.
Jacob Hidemark SAR / MSA and Gustav Vrang SAR / MSA talk about the project and what the concept of sustainability means to them.
The Norra Munktellstaden project in Eskilstuna was an exciting project. As an architect, it is very good to work with a client who puts sustainability and sustainable material choices first. Choosing bricks was thus an obvious choice both for us architects and for Magnolia Bostäder's project manager. We also started from the architecture in Eskilstuna, where bricks are prominent in many of the city's facades.
"As an architect, it is very good to work with a client who puts sustainability and sustainable material choices first."
To reinforce the feeling that the house bodies are different individuals who stand for themselves and become personal, we chose different colours on the brick and different colours on the joints. After Randers Tegel delivered many test boards with different bricks and different colours on the joint, the choice finally fell on three joint colours and three types of bricks, RT475-Bari, RT575-Fusion, and RT571-Fusion. We also chose to work with different types of pattern masonry, such as copper in standing joints and cantilevers in the street level of the facades to create an exciting expression in the facades. The colour choice for the windows was also important. Because some windows got a dark colour and others a white colour on the window frames, the personality of the house bodies is further strengthened. To avoid getting a feeling that the houses were moving away from the street, we let the stairs from the apartments to the north go down to the sidewalk. Thanks to this, we connected the street with the houses and achieved a Brooklyn feeling… albeit in Eskilstuna vintage.
Choosing brick as a facade material has many advantages. We think that a brick facade gives a feeling that the houses are solid and lavish and that in turn gives a social sustainability. You want to both live in and preserve a solid building for future generations. In our Scandinavian climate, with its colour scale, which during large parts of the year goes in grey, brick is also a good choice of facade material as it with its colour scales blends well into the landscape and counteracts the "grey ash". This is very difficult to create with other facade materials such as concrete or sheet metal. Brick also becomes more beautiful over the years with its patina and lively expression, which it can take a hundred years to achieve.
"In our Scandinavian climate with its colour scale, which during large parts of the year goes in grey, brick is also a good choice of facade material as it with its colour scales blends well into the landscape and counteracts the "grey ash". This is very difficult to create with other facade materials such as concrete or sheet metal."
Sustainability is in focus and from 2022, all new construction will be environmentally declared. Then clients and architects must choose materials so that the right score in the various certification models is achieved. Sometimes it can be a weighting of all choices to achieve the right score. Since it is the construction of the entire frame and façade that determines how long the building lasts, without the costly and energy-intensive maintenance required, this weighs heavily and this is where the focus on material selection should be placed. We think this is important so that we build both beautiful and climate-smart for future generations to live in.
"Since it is the construction of the entire frame and façade that determines how long the building lasts, without costly and energy-intensive maintenance, this weighs heavily and this is where the focus on material selection should be placed."
Once an architect has dreamt about a vision, there’s endless possibilities to what brick facades can be. Here the keyword was framing. The bright red colours, the details in the masonry and technical brick lintels solutions show an excellent art of architecture.
RT 158 Ultima. Staffanstorp, Sweden