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Floating Bricks House

The Floating Bricks House is a project that originates from Roffaa's fascination of the building industries residual flows and a reaction to the esthetic application of brick strips as if it is a traditional brickwork wall.

Location Rotterdam

Size 7 m²

Program Temporary stay

Year 2019

Status Realised

Many producers of building products have standardised 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 panes of glass that do not fit the standard size go into the glass container and are processed again into glass, left over 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.

"Every brick floats in the air"

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 create a sixties wallpaper on the interior of the house. Curtains made from recycled PET 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.

Team Renske van der Stoep, Rêve Deijkers, Georges Taminiau, Nino Vogels, Ehab al Hindi, Maurits Maas

Team Construction Renske van der Stoep, Rêve Deijkers, Georges Taminiau, Nino Vogels, Ehab al Hindi, Maurits Maas, Jon de Bruine, Hendrik Jan Bos, Willem Jan van der Togt, Karwan Omar

Partners Wienerberger, Qbiq Wallsystems, Culture Campsite, Bergman fietsen, Era contour, IMd Raadgevend Ingenieurs, Mevrouw van Staal

Credits Photograph nr 6 by Heeman fotografie