3daysofdesign, Swiss Embassy, Ladner Meir Architecten, Richelieus allé

The pavilion, designed by Ladner Meir Architecten, is part of the Swiss Embassy.

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3daysofdesign in the Swiss embassy - incl. coal-fired bricks

Sidst i maj dannede København endnu engang ramme om 3daysofdesign, hvor virksomheder og organisationer i branchen byder indenfor. I år var Petersen Tegl – i samarbejde med den schweiziske ambassade – en del af den populære event.

Siden den særdeles dynamiske ambassadør Benedikt Wechsler kom til Danmark sidste år, har han knyttet nye stærke kontakter mellem Danmark og Schweiz, ikke mindst inden for design og arkitektur.

I anledning af 3daysofdesign havde Wechsler bedt designer Alfredo Häberli nyindrette ambassaden, der tillige er Wechslerfamiliens hjem, så huset nu udelukkende rummer det bedste af schweizisk designet eller produceret møbeldesign.

De 600 gæster, der besøgte ambassaden i løbet af de tre dage, havde også mulighed for at orientere sig om det allernyeste, der er sket på den schweiziske arkitekturscene. I tekst og billeder kunne man opleve tilbygningen til Kunstmuseum Basel, indviet i april. Bygningen er tegnet af Christ & Gantenbein, der valgte kulbrændte sten fra Petersen Tegl til husets facader.

Kunstmuseum Basel-udstillingen var placeret i en pavillon, der er et resultatet af et andet samarbejde mellem de to lande. Pavillonen er tegnet af de schweiziske arkitekter Ladner Meier, der har tegnestue i både Zürich og København – og som iøvrigt også har anvendt Petersen-mursten til projekter i både DK og Schweiz.

Petersen D96, Norwegian Masonry Award , Petersen Tegl, Furulundsveien

The two buildings are located on a hilly site with large pine trees.

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Award given to Norwegian architects and Danish bricks

On April 21 the prestigious Norwegian Masonry Award was given to a housing project, designed by architects R21, about 8 km west of Oslo.

The award which is given by Norsk Murforum / Byggutengrenser in cooperation with Norwegian architects’ national federation aims to stimulate and develop the use of good masonry in Norwegian buildings.

This year's winning project consists of two square blocks situated on Furulundsveien in Ullern located near a timber house from 1962 on a hilly site with large, old pine trees. The architects chose brick to create a clear distinction between the new buildings and the existing villa. The masonry is made of D96 in different bonds and reliefs to create a play of shadows and in order to break down the buildings’ volumes. The balconies are clad with C96, which emphasizes them as lighter elements.

"This year the jury received a record number of proposals for the Masonry Award. Eventually we chose the housing project on Furulundsveien, which is distinguished by outstanding architecture, superb craftsmanship, and clever adaptation to the environment," said jury leader, Ole H. Krokstrand in his speech at the award ceremony.

Petersen Tegl A/S received the Danish Industry Initiative Price HRH from Prince Joachim.

Danish Industry honours Petersen Tegl

On 20 January, Petersen Tegl was given a coveted recognition, namely DI's Initiative Award, presented by HRH Prince Joachim at Danish Industry's annual conference for small and medium sized enterprises in the House of Industry in Copenhagen. A total of 19 companies, all of which have received DI's regional initiative Prizes in 2015, were nominated for the award.

"This year's winner has managed to bring several hundred years of experience, knowledge and craftsmanship within our era. The company distinguishes itself through a unique ability to see opportunities and put words into action. It makes things a little better and different than others, and also it has the courage to try new things," said HRH Prince Joachim, among other things, before he revealed the winner.


DI's CEO Karsten Dybvad motivated the choice of laureate with these words: "Petersen Tegl has unique products and is ready to develop and experiment to meet customer needs. Therefore, the company is able to sell bricks at far higher prices than the competitors. The brickyard has found its own niche and is a frisky business despite its over 200 years."

Building built in Kolumba receives the Brick Award

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Building built in Kolumba receives the Brick Award

The Turnmill Building, designed by Piercy&Company, receives the Brick Award.

The Brick Development Association hosted the Brick Awards in London on 18 November. Turnmill Building (described in Petersen no. 32) received the award in two categories: 'Best International & Worldwide Project' and 'Specialist Brickwork Contractor of the Year' in which the construction company, Swift Brickwork Contractor Ltd, received the award for the Turnmill building.

The Turnmill Building, designed by Piercy&Company with Derwent London as a client, was completed last year. The exceptionally beautiful building is located in the historic Clerkenwell in London, and architects and client did a huge work in architectural design and adaptation to the environment. And here played the choice of materials a very central role.

Among many demands the building should live up to its predecessor on the site, a stable built in the late1800s in several floors, which originally housed the London Underground workhorses. Likewise, the new building adapted to the neighboring, listed Session House, built in 1780 in sandstone in various shades of gray.

The solution was to develop the handmade Kolumba in three bright shades, F56, F58, F59. The three bricks were mixed and constitute the facades’ delicate, finely woven masonry. We highly recommend visiting the Turnmill street!

Lime trees

A number of old lime trees stand both within and outside Maggie's Centre.

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Projects in brick nominated for architecture awards

At the brickworks we are pleased to have delivered bricks to a number of projects nominated for various awards in 2015. Maggie's Centre in Lanarkshire, Scotland, designed by Reiach & Hall was nominated for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded in October in London. The prize went to Burntwood School, in Wandsworth, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

18 November The Brick Development Association in London gives out this year’s prizes for projects using bricks in a particularly excellent manner. In the category 'Best International and Worldwide Project' three out of nine projects are built in brick from Petersen: Maggie's Centre Lanarkshire, built in D71 and K71, is nominated for this prize as well (Mentioned in Petersen no. 32). The housing project, West Burn Lane in Fife, Scotland, designed by Sutherland Hussey Harris and built in D71, is also among the nominees. And so is the Turnmill building in Clerkenwell. London, designed by Piercy&Company, built in three special colors Kolumba (Mentioned in Petersen no. 32.)

Additional building

The new addition to the Clay Museum Denmark

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Danish museum focusing on ceramics

Clay Keramik Museum Danmark (Clay Pottery Museum) on the island of Funen, reopened on May after a shutdown period of two years.

Clay Keramik Museum Danmark (Clay Pottery Museum) is the name of a museum in Middelfart on the island of Funen, which after a shutdown period of two years reopened 20 May this year. The reopening marks the inauguration of a new branch of the museum, a new building, designed by the Danish architectural firm, Kjær and Richter. The new building was built with a facade of brick elements in varied, reddish brown color, provided by Petersen Bricks. The brick elements in the facade occur in three different sizes and are used as slats carried by pivoting steel frames that can be placed in different positions. Clay Pottery Museum Denmark houses a permanent exhibition including a large collection of Royal Copenhagen porcelain, but also offers alternating theme exhibitions. The opening exhibition Brandes & Bindesbøll – Bonds & Breaks shows the works of two Danish artists who have created important ceramic pieces many years apart. With his position as an groundbreaking ceramic pioneer in the late 1800s, Bindesbøll ceramics represent a source of eternal inspiration. Not least for one of our greatest living artists, Peter Brandes.


Architects visiting Tegelmäster

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Architects visiting Tegelmäster

On 5 May, Tegelmäster in Bara had invited business partners and other friends of the house.

The occasion was the new exhibition of Petersen Tegl products incl. walls with Kolumba, D bricks and Petersen Cover, which can now be seen in the garden at Tegelmäster. Approximately 65 guests – including many architects – had accepted the invitation with subsequent lunch.

The atmosphere was good, and the talk went crisscross on both floors until the party ended around four o'clock Petersen Tegl has been co-owner of Tegelmäster AB since 2013. The two other owners are Egernsund Tegl og Bara Mineraler. Tegelmäster, which is market leader in brick, lintels and consoles, experience an expanding range of exciting brick projects 

Petersen Cover products

Petersen Cover is available in 14 different colours and in two sizes: 528mm x 170mm x 37mm and 528mm x 240mm x 37mm.

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Petersen Cover awarded by WAN

“This is how bricks should be made; this is a beautiful handmade product. I would use this.” Said Jury member and Brendon Moss when the jury of World Architecture News Award (WAN) awarded Petersen Cover the best product in the category Product Innovation/Facades 2014.

The prize for product design often goes to a high-tech solution, which makes it all the more remarkable that WAN chose to honour a brick product among the many nominations from all over the world.

The first brick was produced from water and clay in Mesopotamia around 3000 BC, and has hardly changed since then.

Petersen Cover is also made of clay and water. Like other Petersen bricks it is handmade using wooden moulds in a process that has changed little for hundreds of years. The innovative aspect is the design. Unlike traditional brick, Petersen Cover doesn’t require mortar and trowels. Petersen Cover is attached – firmly and with precision – to the underlying steel or wooden structure of the façade or roof. Installation is quick, simple, vandal-proof and not dependent on the weather.

Unlike traditional brick, which is laid with mortar, Petersen Cover is removable and infinitely recyclable. The absence of joints makes finished surfaces 100% maintenance free.
Petersen Cover was developed in corporation with creative architects. Min2 Architects developed a prototype for their villa in Bergen aan Zee in the Netherlands and the Danish architects, Lundgaard & Tranberg, developed it further for Sorø Art Museum in Denmark.
The combination of English and German clay makes Petersen Cover extremely strong and water resistant. It is available in 14 different colours and in two sizes: 528mm x 170mm x 37mm and 528mm x 240mm x 37mm.

The WAN jury had the following to say about Petersen Cover:
“Petersen Cover is a new building product that bestows a distinctive and modern look whilst retaining all the familiar advantages of traditional brick. Due to the structure of the handmade brick, façades and roofs look beautiful, rustic and exclusive when covered with the new product.


A single round concrete column supports the dark cover over the entrance

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New edition of Petersen

Petersen no. 31 is released and the print run of 97,000 copies are distributed to architects, builders and other stakeholders worldwide.

"A stone in the forest" Johan Celsing called his daring competition proposal for the new crematorium at Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm, with its buildings by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz long since on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the latest issue of Petersen we tell about Celsing’s new crematorium built in Kolumba.

We also present Petersen's first Australian project, a villa in Melbourne designed by Robert Simeoni, built in K55.

To their extension to the railway station in Bad Homburg architects Mailänder Consult searched for just the right brick and chose K46 to match the red sandstone, which the original imperial station from 1907 is built in.

To a large villa near Utrecht Petersen Brick produced three different Kolumba in special lengths of which the longest is 920 mm long. The architect is Hilberink Bosch Architecten, who over the years has used Petersen products in a number of projects.

You can receive Petersen 31 by writing to Petersen Tegl on info@petersen-tegl.dk or view the digital version on our website