It’s about the house project in Denmark, which cares about development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Philanthropic organisation Realdania initiated to build 6 apartments in Nyborg, each taking a different approach to sustainability.
Meet the Brick House, 1/6.
Architecture office Leth & Gori’s single-storey building is designed to last 150 years and be maintenance-free for 50 years, using a single breathable material for the structure – clay. Clay is a strong, homogeneous material that adapts and breathes to the atmosphere and environment.
“Our choice of materials was driven by our aim to build a maintenance-free house. We were forced to find materials that required no painting, and could be left untreated,” said Leth.
The kitchen and the living room are combined into one and it’s center of the apartments. Wide full-height windows are transmitting the light as long as possible.
‘We have researched historic buildings and studied details, materials and solutions that have secured a long life for these buildings. The large pitched roof and the cantilever are both design choices that have proven to maximise lifespan and reduce maintenance,’ Leth comments.
‘The simplicity of building this way – with very few joints between materials – reduces the mistakes in the building process that often result in a shorter lifespan. Brick walls also provide a good indoor climate because the clay can absorb moisture from the air and release it again.’
Almost traditional Danish house from the outside.
Photo credit: Stamers Kontor
Citation from creators of the project: Peter Smisek