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Brick and mortar - the modern medium

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The new Stuttgart headquarters offices of German energy company EVS demonstrate the suitability of brick construction for even the most non-traditional facades.

Built immediately alongside the firm's existing 1970s offices, the new five-storey building designed by Architekturburo has all the sheen and modernity of its aluminium-clad neighbour. This is due to the specification of smooth blue bricks, imported from the UK, and the use of different- coloured pointing mortars.

Brick was chosen in preference to glass for energy-efficiency. But the architect kept the effect light, given the relatively small window-to- brickwork ratio, by pointing vertical joints with dark mortar and horizontal joints with white. This technique has the effect of emphasising the linearity of this sleek new building.

The project was Export runner-up in the BDA Brick Awards.

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