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Corobrik: Embracing Innovation: Face Brick in Contemporary Design

In the world of architecture and design, innovation is the cornerstone of progress. It’s the fusion of creativity and functionality that propels us forward, shaping the way we inhabit and interact with our built environments. At Corobrik, we’ve long championed the transformative power of face brick in architectural design, and today, we’re thrilled to spotlight one of the most innovative applications of this timeless material: brise soleil walls.

Brise soleil, a term derived from French meaning “sun breaker,” refers to architectural features—often comprised of horizontal or angled elements—that provide shade and control solar heat gain. While historically associated with concrete, metal, or wood, the integration of face brick into brise soleil design represents a bold departure from convention, offering a range of benefits that resonate with contemporary architectural sensibilities.

Architect: Field Works Design Group

An excellent example of this is the Dr. JL Dube Hoërskool in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In hot and humid climates, where the relentless glare of the sun can transform outdoor spaces into inhospitable environments, Architects at Field Works Design Group used brise soleil walls crafted from our Redwood Travertine face brick as a game-changer. Unlike traditional materials, face brick boasts exceptional thermal mass properties, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it gradually as temperatures cool—a phenomenon that significantly reduces reliance on mechanical cooling systems and enhances energy efficiency.

Moreover, the inherent breathability of face brick allows for the natural exchange of air, fostering a sense of comfort and well-being within interior spaces. By incorporating brise soleil walls into architectural compositions, designers can harness this natural ventilation to create environments that feel refreshingly cool and inviting, even amidst sweltering external conditions.

But perhaps most compelling is the aesthetic versatility of face brick. Available in an array of colors, textures, and sizes, face brick offers designers an unparalleled palette with which to realize their creative visions. Whether evoking the timeless charm of traditional craftsmanship or embracing a sleek, contemporary aesthetic, face brick lends itself effortlessly to a diverse range of design styles, ensuring that brise soleil walls not only perform admirably but also captivate the eye and stir the soul.

Architect: Field Works Design Group

Beyond its functional and aesthetic attributes, the use of face brick in brise soleil walls speaks to a broader ethos of sustainability and resilience in architectural practice. As society grapples with the urgent imperatives of climate change and resource depletion, the choice of materials takes on newfound significance, prompting designers to seek out solutions that minimize environmental impact while maximizing performance and longevity. In this regard, face brick emerges as a clear frontrunner—a durable, locally-sourced material with a minimal carbon footprint that stands the test of time, embodying the principles of responsible design for generations to come.

At Corobrik, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this architectural renaissance, collaborating with visionary architects and contractors to push the boundaries of what’s possible with face brick. As we look to the future, we’re excited to see how the innovative spirit of brise soleil walls continues to shape the landscape of contemporary design, creating spaces that are not only beautiful and functional but also deeply responsive to the needs of our ever-changing world.


Architect: Field Works Design Group

Contact: Corobrik 

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