Abandoning the traditional dimensions of London brick, a collection of 44 misshapen and seemingly un-stackable clay blocks were developed for The Interlock’s facade. The patterns visible across the surface are informed, in part, by the interactions between materials and structure. By modelling the facade in 3D, each facet could be individually adjusted to meet structural and fabrication requirements without diluting the integrity of the surface form. Staffordshire Blue Clay was selected as a contrast to the area’s existing brickwork. The marl clay was set into 14 hand-crafted steel molds and fired in oxidation to create the matt blue finish. After firing, these 14 ‘parent’ bricks were divided to form the 30 ‘offspring’. Construction of the 5,000 block landscape took place over three months.

Location: London, Great Britain 

Architect/Designer: Bureau de Change architects 

Brickwork Contractor: Irvine Whitlock

Brick: Forterra - Staffordshire Blue Clay

This year the Innovation category is sponsored by Wienerberger.

Wienerberger is the UK’s leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations. We offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the construction business, including facing bricks, specialist engineering bricks, the Porotherm clay block system, façade solutions, the Corium cladding system and brick slips. As well as a range of added value services, we also offer clay, concrete and slate roofing products and a collection of clay pavers.

Founded in 1819, Wienerberger Building Solutions is the world’s largest producer of bricks and clay blocks. In the UK, we have 3 showrooms, 14 production sites, six distribution depots and a head office in Cheadle, Cheshire.