The Wienerberger Brick Award highlights how durable, environmentally-friendly clay bricks can make an important contribution to the energy-efficiency of homes.
One of mankind's oldest and most durable building materials, brick offers countless design possibilities. Available through NZ partner Stellaria, Wienerberger bricks are timeless and innovative — especially when used in modern, future-proofed architecture. These durable, environmentally-friendly, clay bricks make an important contribution to the energy-efficiency of buildings.
Held every two years, the Wienerberger Brick Award put bricks into the spotlight, demonstrating how architecture using brick can be modern and exciting. Applications for the award range from building solutions using classic clay blocks, facing bricks and roof tiles, to the creative application of clay pavers and ceramic facade panels.
The Brick Award promotes excellence in buildings constructed using clay products based on criteria including sustainability, energy efficiency, functionality and innovative exterior design. It is an independent award; the use of Wienerberger products is no decisive factor for participation.
From all submissions worldwide, an independent panel of architecture journalists and critics narrows down the number to a total of 50 projects, which are nominated for the Wienerberger Brick Award in different categories. Subsequently, an international jury of architects selects the category winners, as well as one grand prize winning project.
The Brick Award acknowledges innovative brick buildings of international quality that show the varied and diverse ways brick can be used in contemporary architecture. At the same time, the award — and in particular, the accompanying architectural book — gives experts and people with an interest in architecture an overview of current developments and trends in international brick architecture, with its remarkable range of applications.
Images above show House 1014 by Harquitectes, Spain, one of 2014's Grand Prize winners. The home features Porotherm blocks, Penter pavers and a Terca Brick facade. A recent New Zealand project featuring Terca Clay Facing Bricks is also shown.