Brick innovations

Another key area of concern for locals was that appropriate materials would be specified for the project, but the resulting choice of brick would also mean discovering an innovative means to deliver the forms required. In the meantime, the architects settled on the colour palette early in the design process, with response to the site context being paramount. Harving explains: “We wanted red and black, which were very common in the roofs of surrounding historic warehouse buildings.” VLA and COBE’s interwoven design approach precipitated the development of an entirely new cladding method. Due to structural reasons and the sheer size of the buildings’ roofs, the monolithic aesthetic that the architects were keen to create couldn’t be achieved using traditional facade bricks.

Harving and his team took regular trips

to Wienerberger’s Copenhagen brickyard, where they experimented extensively with different clay and kiln techniques to produce precisely the desired shape and colour palette.

The result of this collaboration with Wienerberger was “a new type of brick – a ADF APRIL 2018

cladding brick that can be used for both roofs and facades,” he tells ADF. The shallow U-shaped cladding tile are hung from the wooden roof and facade slats, making it possible to clad a range of more atypical geometries – such as found on Krøyers Plads’ roofs.

This innovative material is used extensively on the two parallel buildings closer to the water’s edge (which were origi- nally to be office buildings). The material continuity of each structure’s exterior elimi- nates any obvious frontier between roof and facade, blending construction elements apparently seamlessly.

On the facades facing the Strandgade, the original intention was to use a standard Danish brick rotated 90 degrees to reveal the individual recesses created in the brick casting process and create a more rugged look. However, again a traditional approach was not structurally feasible: “The engineer said the facade would not be able to stand as it would be too thin,” Harving explains, “so, we used a special heavier brick.”

A third brick was also devised by cutting away the sides of the rotated bricks and using them to clad the interior of each balcony. Harving admits to having his


The choice was a new type of brick – a cladding brick that can be used for both roofs and facades Nikolaj Harving, architect and project manager, COBE

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