Flexbrick: An Architectural textile system made out of hollowed ceramic extrusions

Flexbrick: An Architectural textile system made out of hollowed ceramic extrusions

As you must know by now, bricks are the materialization of a rectangular projected shape made of clay, a ceramic natural material, which fired in a kiln hardens and becomes part of construction materials. If this brick reduces it size it compromises its integrity and become something else, possibly a tile. Now when applying ceramic tiles onto buildings, many other materials come in action for these to be safe and sound on a wall and resist every possible movement that may occur. For this treaty, a team of people from Spain joined forces and knowledge to create a fabulous textile system that may look like brick but instead of being attached to a wall, it can be detached and hang. A system made of hollowed ceramic extrusions called Flexbrick.

This is an example of a product designed with the correct team of tinkerers for the achievement of such a performing system. Architect Vicente Sarrablo in coordination with Piera Eco Cerámica and Malpesa under a research program led by the International University of Catalunya and the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, made this possible altogether. I find this detail very important because well constructed ideas are mostly generated by experts on different disciplines that collide to create outstanding results.

Application and Material Science

Carefully applied to façades, roofs, floors and plain old walls, this system has proven to provide an architectural aesthetic that adds sustainability, texture and contemporary tectonic to building design. The joint venture of an old fashioned material with all its craftiness and the sleekness of steel’s contemporary simplicity, provide the look and feel of a texturized textile that seems to be dressing the building that holds it.

 

The narrow bricks can achieve multiple sizes, colors and textures, according to the company, providing a screen or fabric that can be customized to the designer’s intention. Besides ceramic brick-alike look, metallic and woody looks can also be incorporated as part of the look, or as they call it: a Haute Couture Range look. Flexbrick people did take the fabric to its expressive terminology there. Enjoy the video below to find out how The Teresinas School in Barcelona, originally designed by Antoni Gaudí, got its renovation with Flexbrick by Pich Architects.

Follow Flexbrick at their Facebook page for more updates and images regarding the Architectural Fabric that today dresses many beautiful buildings with interesting patterns and looks. Get more on their website and social media.

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Mabelle Plasencia

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• Architect | LEED AP BD+C, with an intense passion for materiality, innovation, technology and science. • Arquitecta | LEED AP BD+C apasionada por la materialidad, innovación, tecnología y ciencia.