A fruitful collaboration between brick maker Petersen Tegl and innovative Dutch architects has resulted in a new product for exterior cladding
Danish brick manufacturer Petersen Tegl in collaboration with the Netherlands' Min2 Architects, has developed a new product for roofs and facades that will form part of Tegl's Kolumba line.
Like the other Kolumba-branded products from Petersen Tegl, the new tile is handmade in wooden moulds. It is composed of various combinations of English, German and Danish clay, fired at very high temperatures, and is available in a number of different colours and textures.
The new brick comes in two sizes - 528×170×37mm and 528×240×37mm - and is simple and quick to install using a technique for the laying of wing tiles that is centuries old. The bricks are attached to a frame, which ensures precision both on the surface and around the corners of the building, and cannot be blown off or removed by hand, making them a vandal-proof solution. Installation is also not dependent on the weather. The tiles are also recyclable: with the right tool, it is easy to remove them without breaking.
Whereas with traditional brickwork the joints must be checked after a certain number of years, Kolumba roof and facade bricks have no joints, so are 100% maintenance-free, while a facade constructed with Petersen Tegl's brick has none of the expansion joints that sometimes disfigure a traditional brick equivalent.