he building features traditional Vietnamese architectural design with modern design elements to create a minimalist, yet spectacular energy-efficient home. The home features porous brick walls, an open courtyard and a layout which utilizes cross-breezes.
Ancient fingerprints were recently found by archaeologists - dating back 5,000 years from Egypt to Denmark. It is likely that these fingerprints were made deliberately in the mudbricks, as part of the construction of the wall. They were then filled with a crude mortar which cemented the bricks together. This technique is still common and is known as "frogs" in modern technology.
Brick is one of the most ancient and familiar building materials known to man, and its strength, character and flexibility of use continue to attract architects working on innovative contemporary buildings. We examine some key projects that demonstrate the benefits of building with brick.
Outfitted with a robotic arm, 3D printers, robotic fabrication and a full gallery of projects, the City Building Design Lab is a unique space to Calgary’s city centre that brings together students, faculty, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and city officials to produce leading-edge research and explore innovations in environmental design.
Sandstone and bricks were the building materials of choice for many Alberta towns and cities more than a hundred years ago. For architect Darrel Babuk, each brick and stone tells a story about Alberta's past.
This impact test shot 2x4"s at the Complete Blocks at 100mph. This simulates debris from a F5 tornado. This shows that a Block System is ideal for Disaster Areas, Commercial and Residential Properties, especially Rental Properties as the structure would be very low maintenance.
In the wake of Hurricane Michael, one home survived in Mexico Beach, Florida. The house stayed upright because it was built last year to codes that were even more strict than laws required. We can account for increasing weather events by building with durable materials and best-practice ways.
History Goes Hand-in-Hand with Masonry In Cuba over 90% of the buildings are built with masonry. This rings true with most countries across the world with buildings built and still standing before the 20th century. History and the buildings it was created in are often built with masonry. Take a [...]
Integrating Wood Frame with Masonry Technical Aids Now Available! Alberta Masonry Council has partnered with MasonryWorx, the Wood Council and Moses Engineering to procure technical aids for designing buildings with masonry and wood-frame construction. Click here to Download
Integrating Wood Frame with Masonry Design Aids Struggling to design with mid-rise wood-frame and masonry construction? Stay tuned as we develop more technical aids to help with design problems and considerations! Use the button below to download our latest resources. View Resources
Masonry Matters: Four Reasons The World Needs More Brick, Stone & Concrete, By Steve Maxwell If you ever go to Europe, be sure to knock on some interior walls. Every one that I’ve checked out has been solid masonry – no hollow sounding, noise transmitting frame walls. They use so much [...]