PRO-005 Floating Bricks House

The Floating Bricks House is a project that arose from the fascination for residual flows, but also in response to the aesthetic application of brick strips as if it is a traditional brickwork wall.

Floating Bricks House by ROFFAA

Many producers of building products have standardized their processes in such a way that they produce their product in the, for them, most efficient way. The remaining materials are recycled again. For example, wrongly cut glass, chipped panes or remaining pieces of glass go into the glass container and are processed again into glass, faulty produced bricks are crushed and used in another brick or used as road fill.

Can these residual flows not be applied directly? Is there a way to intercept these flows and change the production lines of the producers? Are we able to come up with new products and create new value for these mostly high-quality materials?

With the Floating Bricks we combine two residual flows. On the one hand rejects from an indoor wall system producer that don’t fit their module size and on the other hand rejected brick strips from a brick producer.

Our brain fills in. We think we know what we see. If we see bricks, we expect traditional brickwork with cement joints and we will see that. With the Floating Bricks you will initially see a brick wall. The moment you get closer, you discover that there are no cement joints holding the wall together. Every brick floats in the air, together they form that solid brick wall. ROFFAA created a facade element that brings the illusion of a brick wall, but turns out to be transparent. With this principle we build an archetype house of 2 by 3 meters with a 45 degree roof.

The front facade of the house can be fully opened with two Floating Bricks doors, in the house you can sleep in a bed or in the mesh under the attic. The ordered glue dots between the glass and the bricks look like a sixties wallpaper on the interior of the house. Curtains made from recycled PED bottles are giving privacy to the users and the romantic experience of a four poster bed in the same time. The shadow of the bricks appear as a brick pattern on the curtains while lightened from the outside.

The house is standing on short posts and is lifted 40 cm above the ground.

At this moment the first Floating Bricks House is part of the Culture Campsite at the Kroon (Schiemond 20-22 Rotterdam). The house can be be booked via and Air bnb.

Interested to participate as a material supplier or as sponsor, please contact us.

Floating Bricks House back facade.

Floating Bricks House front facade.

Floating Bricks House interior.

Culture Campsite
De Kroon

PRO-008 Connected Roofs

In collaboration with Léon van Geest (Rotterdamse Dakendagen) and Winy Maas (MVRDV) we are investigating the possibility to transform roof tops into public space and connect them with each other. If we succeed, our design and vision will be shown during the Rotterdam Architecture Month in June 2019.

Rotterdamse Dakendagen
Rotterdamse Architectuur Maand

Model making.


RES-002 Materials

New applications for existing materials.

Exploring new materials.

OFF-002 Workflow

The past months we worked on our workflow. We created templates to coordinate our output, like:

  • diagrams
  • visuals
  • drawings
  • booklets
  • models

Workflow and methodology development.

Form studies.