Project

Megabricks

The building is built with large blocks, called Megabricks, similar in size to the stone monoliths that were used in the architecture of antiquity. The Megabricks consist of thick sandwich panels (cladding, insulation, vertical structure, and wall cabinets), fit within steel frames, and bricks strips glued onto cement plates. The Megabricks are structurally deceptive (not load-bearing) but utilize precise detailing to give the impression of large blocks. The vertical structure consists of typical reinforced concrete post and beam construction, hidden in the overlap of two Megabricks.

Location
Brakel, Belgium

Client
Town of Brakel, Belgium

Year
2009 — 2016

Type
Built

Area
2500km2

Program
public

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Luk Peeters, Natalie Seys, Sanne Peeters, Wim François, Raf De Preter, Michiel De Potter, Steve Swiggers, Thomas Van Bouwel

Collaborators
SWECO

Atlantes

Mesh Wall