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Location: Calgary, Canada
Architect: Dejong Design and Associates
Contractor: Waterford Homes Inc
Location: Oss, Netherlands
Architect: Grosfeld Bekkers van der Velde Architecten
Location: Norddeutschland, Germany
Architect: Gondesen + Wenzig Architekten BDA
Architect: gpp arkitekter
Contractor: Stokvad Kerstens Ingeniører
Location: London, UK
Architect: Hutchinson & Partners, KSR architects & interiors
Location: Risskov, Denmark
Architect: Christoffersen & Weiling Architects
Location: London, UK
Architect: Simon Bowden Architects
Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Architect: SKAI Siemer Kramer Architekten Ing.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Architect: A53 — GESELLSCHAFT VON ARCHITEKTEN
Location: Oslo, Norway
Architect: A-Lab architects
Sustainability rating: BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT
Location: Bad Segeberg, Germany
Architect: Mißfeldt Kraß Architekten
Location: Hammershøj, Denmark
Architect: CUBO architects
Location: Altona, Germany
Architect: Nentwig.Notbohm architects
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Architect: Architekturbüro Ruser + Partner MBB
When creating this Australian residence, Joe Adsett Architects combine wooden lamella with extra-long format Ultima bricks to form a minimalistic impression with straight lines, inspiring patterns and inspiring nooks.
The architects chose the light-tinted RT 154 brick for this project. Combined with white and wood, the sand-couloured diversity of the brickwork is perfect for the Australian clear blue sky.
With its location in the woods, the dark-tinted quality materials and a floor plan that sparks curiosity, this Canadian villa is a home out of the ordinary. The Ultima RT 161 plays a distinguished part in the project. The waterstruck black and brown nuances with warm bronzed highlights are the perfect complement to the surrounding nature as well as the simple and elegant interior design.
A significant detail in the project is the variation of bonds. When walking across the property, you can’t miss the play of bonds; There is the classic bond of long format bricks, a protruding bond as well as transparent one – each of which adds a special effect on the overall impression of the house.
Involved partners in the project
Waterford Homes Inc
Dejong Design and Associates
Shaun Ford & Co
Photo @Stijin Poelstra fotografie & video
Minimalistic elegance meets contrasting combinations in this breathtaking home in Holland. In a symphony of grey nuances, the extra-long Ultima-bricks extend the voluminous villa, while the many large windows make for the perfect view of the green surroundings that embrace the exclusive and extraordinary Villa Oss.
On one side of the surface, a special bonding breaks with the minimalistic façade and adds character to the house. Especially at night, this transparent bond has a significant effect when the indoor illumination shines through.
The epitome of endless exploration is represented in this architectural project. Lots of hidden corners, numerous nuances, and distinguished details make you enthralled and curious. The extra-long Ultima bricks in a vertical format and calm grey colors, add a raw and coarse touch to the light-tinted piece of art.
In North West London, a significant and high-end apartment building contributes to the townscape. True to the hip surroundings, the building combines vertical and horizontal bonding of long format Ultima-bricks in numerous shades of grey. The result is a modern and magnificent piece of art.
Casa Chillemi towers about the neighbouring natural reserve. The private residence is a muted tale of natural elegancy with coarse exposed concrete and mellow sand-coloured waterstruck bricks in linear format. The perforated brickwork is the crowning stroke, leaving the visitors with a sophisticated expression of home.
Surrounded by trees and flanked by a tempting pool, this home offers quite a welcome. A welcome that is supported by the pleasant minimalism radiated by the combination of glass, light concrete and muted brick colours.
In the home region of Shakespeare, this contemporary house has emerged. It is defined by significant clean lines – with two diverse split levels, remarkable windows and beautiful repetitive brickwork.
The many large window selections combined with the owner’s choice of materials and colours results in a significant house and a home with a light feel.
The eaves create various quiet nooks around the house – perfect for a cup of tea and some poetry reading.
North of the charming Danish city Aarhus, a unique villa overlooks the bay. This contemporary gem is oriented towards the sea, not only in its location – but in every architectural decision.
A combination of vertical and horizontal bonds offer a special welcome to the villa. The extra-long Ultima bricks do not only lend the house character, they also intensify the horizon behind the house.
The home is oriented towards the sea, not only in its location – but in every architectural decision. As you walk through the beautiful and simple rooms of the house, your eye continues to meet the many nuances of ocean.
The use of waterstruck bricks provide a special aesthetic to the house. Not two bricks are alike, the texture, surface and colour of each brick vary – just enough to create a distinctive expression in the overall brickwork.
At the turn of a lush roundabout in an attractive neighbourhood, a businessman bought a large detached plot of land to fulfil a childhood dream: To create a world of his own in the woods. The vision for the project was to create as much discretion and privacy as possible without comprising the desire for a bright home with open and translucent rooms filled with daylight.
The bricks are light-tinted with a raw and coarse touch that adds a sand-coloured diversity to the finished masonry. The slightly retracted masonry joints have been chosen to bring out the brick’s rustic surfaces even more. This detail rich façade plays elegantly with panels lined with pre-patinated copper cladding and obliquely cut hardwood cladding on the front door and garage doors. A symphony of warm and natural materials that blends in perfect symphony.
To embody the vision of combing grandiose looks, floor-to-ceiling windows and the desire for privacy, the initial sketch was paramount; The main building, the terraces and the large garage had coexist elegantly in order to create the desired effect in terms of privacy and positive outdoor atmosphere.
This stunning two-story German villa has fine horizontal lines with comforting overhangs made with dark Ultima-bricks. The floor plan extend the dining and relaxation areas outside sheltered from the element. Upstairs the everlasting summer nights can be enjoyed with a rustic backdrop of soft-moulded long format bricks. Combined with at lush flowering garden this villa has an inviting warm feel to it.
The combination of a broad driveway and parallel pathway elegantly lures visitors in for a closer look. The varying surface of light-bathed black RT 150 Ultima-bricks glooms at night.
Turning the first corner reveals the cozy covered terrace with direct access to kitchen and living room. The backyard conceals a private swimming pool.
The Compton Residence is a ten-store residential building in a London suburb. The project is strongly influenced by Art Deco-style, and its soft curves, geometric patterns and an amazing façade of cast aluminium come together to create a prestigious feel.
Residents and visitors of the building are welcomed by a stoic masonry with a generous canopy. The ground floor is clad in RT 153 – a detail that provides a robust and beautiful base for the prestigious and detailed building.
Each of the 49 apartments is planned to make the most of the views allowed by the curved bays, that is also the signature of the building. The bays are adorned with an imprinted leaf pattern – an Art Deco-style reference to the neighbouring Regents Park.
This project is a prime example of the fine line between respect for tradition and necessary innovation. In a historic part of the old Danish capital, five townhouses accommodate apartments, shops, a culture house as well as a state-of-the-art subway station – and it harmonises with the historic neighbourhood.
The centre of the project is a courtyard surrounded by five townhouses. Each house has a unique bond and technique, but all masonry is based on RT 154 and RT 554. The use of identical bricks provides a common thread across the five townhouses. As such, they are alike but unique.
The size and position of windows in the 30 apartments of the project imitate its neighbouring buildings. In the same way, the finish is inspired by the many towers on the boulevard, that was initially inspired by Paris’ Champs Elysee.
This grey two-story Belgian pearl concedes elegantly with panoramic views of the surrounding meadows. Drawing us in with it’s tempting south-faced swimming pool, this house has some wonderful brickwork details that align with the windows and provide comforting sunblock on both floors. This neat detail also throws a subtle and intended shade along the gray long format bricks.
From the driveway we get a glimpse of the crystal blue waters and are welcomed by a significant matte black front door. The black lamellas create an intriguing effect, that contrasts nicely to the light-tinted brickwork and sandy grit.
A bold villa with a dramatic black façade is hiding in the surburbs of Hamburg. Blessed with a secluded rooftop terrace and swirling panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the back garden, makes this villa a true hidden gem. Photos by courtesy of Herrn Carsten Brügmann.
These private residences in Berlin have an elegant way of inviting you in. From the green and gray brick-sectioned courtyard to the iconic curved breeze blocks, that sculp the masterpiece for this remarkable façade. The graceful arch of Ultima bricks creates a truly dramatic expression. Vertical black windows accompanied by gray concrete ribbons give the brickwork an edge of elegance. A superb display of genuine German craftsmanship.
Settled in the background, this Belgian villa doesn’t reveal much, but the rolling meadows and a broad driveway invite you to have a closer look. The layout surrounds a beautiful fig-planted courtyard with two-story floor-to-roof windows that reflect on the sizable swimming pool.
Secluded completely from the outside, this tempting poolside has the perfect waterstruck backdrop with Ultima’s raw and coarse touch. Ultima RT 153 with a retracted mortar really gives the long format the limelight on this exclusive private residence.
These exclusive Norwegian apartments resides beautifully in a 16-acre English-style park, that gives the Bygdøy-area its attractive feel. Ultima Full White and tinted brick mortar give the facades a calm and homogeneous feel.
Smoked linear facing bricks on a massive office building in the heart of Oslo. Designed by A-Lab Architects the new Eufemia office building is the latest addition of impressive office buildings, located between Barcode and the Medieval Park.
The Eufemia project has achieved a BREEAM-NOR EXCELLENT sustainability rating.
This architect-designed villa is located in the exclusive residential district of Blankenese in Hamburg. The former fishing and pilot village west of the city stretches along the banks of the Elbe. Referred to as “The Pearl of The Elbe”, this neighbourhood has a Mediterranean feel with scenic paths, winding stairs and a dense population of mansion dotted between lush greens. The villa itself is blessed with high-detailed masonry and open panoramic views. The RT 154 Ultima expresses warmth with its sand-coloured diversity. Brick by brick.
Situated in an evergreen and lush German forest, this education centre is built in major blocks with overhangs that provide both shade and recreational space. Panoramic views of the natural sourroudings create a supreme learning facility.
The vision behind the new headquarters at Hammershøj is called Supersize Bricks and covers the architect’s visual expression.
The administration building consists of four 'stacked bricks'. To make these stones habitable, they are scaled by a factor of 92. The proportions of the stones have been preserved so that the expression at a distance will have clear references to the format of a Danish brick – now only at 21x10x5 meters. The same expression is repeated on the production buildings, which simultaneously act as exhibition walls and demonstration of mortar types and curves.
This flexible and modern office building integrates one of Oslo’s main shopping districts into its purpose. The transparent ground floor is framed by an Ultima-brick facade with ceiling-high window sections of varying widths that add life and dynamism to the facade.
By the waterfront in Frederikstad an abundance of details bursts from this large office building. Exclusive masonry in red-brown Ultima long-format brick both outside and indoors creates a stunning overall expression. From top floor one can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
Hidden in the sloped landscape near Stuttgart is a villa with Mediterranean feel. Amongst olive trees and bougainvilleas is a stress-free zone by the pool. The outdoor area is framed by the warm and light-tinted sandy feel from the brick walls.
This Belgian juvel is a myriad of open courtyards with breathtaking facades. The muted brick colors combined with a changeable surface creates a distinctive expression from this Villa in Antwerp, Belgium.
Far away from the everyday hustle, this high-end contemporary gem is hidden away in the woods. Featuring RT 150 Ultima Linear Bricks in vivid black.
This distinctive and bright German residence dwells peacefully in between greens. Special emphasis was placed on sustainability and a high quality of construction, which is implemented with precision and architectural love to the last detail.
When laying bricks vertically, magic occurs. In a mix of evergreens and gray, huge panorama views make this Belgian villa one of a kind. Here Ultima RT 156 is acting an important part in the bricked gables and overhangs and thus creating a notable contrast in the overall expression of the house.
This elegant apartment complex in central Aalborg, Denmark adds a hint of sunshine with its yellow shades that oozes of a natural and comforting atmosphere. The raw brick patterns create soothing backdrops from the private stone terraces and balconies.
This Belgian villa is a bold statement of white vibes, that truly embodies the concept of a million shades of white. Armed with Ultima bricks in full white, the architect has created relaxing spaces below brick overhangs, luxurious blends of black and white and brick flooring.
The supreme detail of this project might just be brick flooring. From the entrance, the brick floor continues its flow indoors, inviting guests to the spacious kitchen and common area with panoramic views of the garden. Outside the intention is to create an organic flow of lush green together with the playful swirling concrete pavement. From the living and dining area, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors lead to a brick-covered patio with an open fireplace completely made of bricks.
When it comes to exploit every inch of space to create atmosphere and feel, this private German residence has something very special. Being bold with bricks can create special enjoyable spaces. This is no exception.
Inspired by the long format’s possibilities to work with vertical alignment and the use of space, the architect has created a circular edged wall that welcomes you at the front door. Organized neatly with the brick flooring this waterstruck Ultima gives a sense of serenity and calm throughout the house.
By combining an open ground plan with floor-to-ceiling windows and flowering green walls, this Belgian complex combines business and residence with urban leisure. Separated floor plans create balconies and a nice variation between black wood sections and bright bricks. Here, the Ultima RT 154 creates a delightful contrast to the deep blacks.
Situated among pinetrees this Swedish villa resonates a sense of serenity combined with modern and functional living. The sunny terrace and turquoise pool create a California state of mind in the heart of Scandinavia. A perfect match for the grey tinted and coarsed bricks.
At first sight, the facade of this white gem in Germany may look simple. But no detail is coincidental, and bold choices are the result of an exclusive and extraordinary expression that stands out in the residential area.
The format is dimensional which adds depth to the overall impression. The bonding is characteristic, while large sections of windows in different formats, vertical and horizontal, unite indoors and outdoors.
Ultima RT 154 comprises a significant element. The light-tinted white color makes room for every other beautiful and thought-out detail and is just like a symbol of the overall impression of the house; pure, clean, and timeless
Numerous shapes of white, straight lines and bold bonding are characteristics of this remarkable home in Oslo. The architectural choices radiate serenity and prove that cubism does not have to be boring.
The amazing view over the residential area and water on the horizon is utilized by large sections of windows that invite nature inside.
A significant detail in the project is the variation of bonds. A combination of vertical and horizontal bonds offers a special welcome to the home and adds a distinguished expression making the overall impression unique and not to underestimate.