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This Hand-Laid Brick Feature Wall Was Inspired by Soundwaves in Water

This Hand-Laid Brick Feature Wall Was Inspired by Soundwaves in Water
This Hand-Laid Brick Feature Wall Was Inspired by Soundwaves in Water, © 22quadrat gmbh
© 22quadrat gmbh

German architecture firm 22quadrat was inspired by the visual effect created by soundwaves moving through water when designing “impulses,” a brick relief wall in the interior courtyard of the Pallotti Residential Complex in Freising, Germany. The architects derived the concept from a metaphor; a single brick is like a single particle, hardly noticeable on its own but capable of much greater impact when combined with others.

© 22quadrat gmbh © 22quadrat gmbh © 22quadrat gmbh © 22quadrat gmbh + 19

© 22quadrat gmbh
© 22quadrat gmbh

With the help of digital modeling and a collaboration with MMZ Architekten, ROB Technologies, and FaBö, the brick wall was constructed by hand utilizing water-struck brick. Water-struck brick is made of clay with a high moisture content and plasticity. These bricks have a unique surface texture after firing and are denser than standard bricks, which enhances all of brick’s natural benefits, such as strength, durability, resistance to weather and pests, and thermal mass efficiency.

© 22quadrat gmbh
© 22quadrat gmbh

The architects at 22quadrat took inspiration from the way that water can retain information, the way that it resonates long after a disturbance. The designers thought of water as a way to store and mediate sounds and emotions. After undergoing a study exploring the properties and structures of water, the architects used that information to create a precise 3D model of the brick wall, which was then executed by craftsmen.

© 22quadrat gmbh
© 22quadrat gmbh

Lead Architects: 22quadrat gmbh
Collaborators: MMZ Architekten BDA, ROB Technologies AG, Pallottines
Project location: Freising, Bavaria, Germany
Completion Year: 2017

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Cite: Megan Fowler. "This Hand-Laid Brick Feature Wall Was Inspired by Soundwaves in Water" 21 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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