“It has to be possible to build the house with reused bricks,” speculated the client,
without knowing where to find them. But that proved a surprisingly simple matter.
Old, handmade bricks in different sizes which Gamle Mursten collected from a farm in
southern Jutland in Denmark now sit in the walls of this modern villa overlooking the
Sound. But even though the building is modern and designed to comply with energy
class 1 requirements, it is also an example of using old brick-building techniques.
Lotte Foght-Sørensen from the architects Mangor & Nagel says:
“Working with reused bricks has meant there has been considerably more discussion
about compressive strengths, mortar types, bond patterns and formats than would
otherwise be the case… From the outset I have welcomed the client’s desire to use
reused bricks. It adds a lot of life to the brickwork, creating an interplay between the
facades which would otherwise only be possible by using the most expensive new
bricks on the Danish market.”