Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building
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Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

Brick has been and still is the most durable and timeless material

Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building


Project

New CAW-house with 16 units 
in Dendermonde 


Client

CAW Oost-Vlaanderen


Architect

Volt architecten


Constructor

De Brandt


Facing bricks

Brick UBrick HBrick BBrick E


Processing

Random bond, traditional grey joint 

Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

CAW Oost-Vlaanderen is in the process of constructing an office building with primary care facilities and 16 short-stay units on the site of a former brewery in the heart of Sint-Gillis-bij-Dendermonde. But there is no evident programme in the middle of this quiet residential neighbourhood.

By removing all the fencing and barriers, the site has been taken out of isolation, opening up the garden to the dense ‘fossilised’ surroundings with possible shortcuts in all directions. 

Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

The office building is a pavilion that is surrounded by trees. Facilities are provided in the star-shaped building (offices/conference rooms/visitor rooms) while three outdoor spaces are formed in the internal angles of the building.

In two of these, a screen provides the privacy required for discreet primary care.  

Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

The mix of subtly shaded Nature7 facing bricks used for the facade structure naturally disguises the rationality behind the planning of the building. However, a regular pattern is maintained by using a different colour from the range of bricks for each of the stretcher courses and offset by the irregular wood-clad facades.

As a protagonist of ‘brick’ as the most durable and timeless natural material, the choice was easy. Given the fairly uniform construction programme (with offices grouped together and units grouped together), it quickly became clear that the accent would have to be provided by the facing bricks.

“The hues of the leaves on the surrounding trees inspired us to use a mix of Nature7 bricks made up of Brick UBrick HBrick B and Brick E

 
Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

In addition, a joint pattern was used for the facades in order to create ‘sections’. The joints for these sections were accentuated and a soldier course was included, placed alternately at the top and bottom of each section.

A single colour was used for each of these soldier courses while the sections were filled in randomly. 

Creativity with facing bricks defines look of office building

This creates an attractive play of colours and compositions that helps to soften the strict building structure.

Finally, the windows were offset slightly in relation to each other. Their black colour in combination with the subtle shades of the  Hand-made facing bricks emphasises this effect.