In Columbia, a pair of architects are re-thinking the way we use materials for helping to curb energy use naturally.  The two used the bricks to recreate a new shape that offers acoustic insulation as well as a unique beauty to any building or home’s exterior.

They were recently featured in Fast Company Magazine. Here is a snippet and a link:

Via FastCompany

Via FastCompany

When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, high-performance material that could be used to build better homes in their country.

Enter Bloque Termodisipador BT from Niño and Navarro’s company Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS. The ceramic bricks naturally regulate temperature, decrease the need for additional building materials (like insulation and finishes), slash construction time, and support existing supply chains, the architects say. The genius lies in the bricks’ irregular shape and semi-hollow core.

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