Taking so-called pop-up embassies out into town is one of several unconventional initiatives launched by Benedikt Wechsler since he took up his post as the Swiss ambassador to Denmark in 2015.
The Danish Design Centre recognises the phenomenon as a design concept, and this year it was nominated for the Danish Design Awards. The jury stated:
“The pop-up embassy represents a completely new way of creating embassies, as well as an attempt to foster a cultural change whereby diplomacy moves out to the people instead of hiding in guarded domiciles. The project is a piece of social design in keeping with contemporary demands for transparency, and can be perceived as part of a larger movement away from elitism, exclusiveness and bureaucracy. The idea is innovative and bold, and can serve as an inspiration for other public bodies and authorities that want to get closer to their users and citizens.” The pop-up embassy was developed in cooperation with Urgent.Agency and was nominated in the category Message Received, Game Changer.
Among the embassy’s other creative activities to promote cultural and commercial relationships are “Architecture in Residence” and the “Pavillion Society”, whose members – including Petersen Tegl – work with the embassy on projects with other businesses, universities and schools.
The new Flos showroom is situated in Sydhavnsgade 28, Copenhagen SV.
In early spring this year, designer lighting retailers Flos Scandinavia opened the doors to their new showroom in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen.
The 500-m2 former tractor-repair workshop has been transformed into a highly inspiring exhibition space of international calibre. Behind the transformation is the multidisciplinary design firm OEO Studio, founded and headed by Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Bueman.
The renovation project preserved several of the large rooms’ original spatial and material features, and combined them with a new display system and new architectural elements. The result is a beautiful and inspiring whole that functions extremely well as a setting for the Flos lighting range. Among the new elements is a dramatic, sculptural staircase that acts both as a room divider and display stand for table lamps. Another element is a small house that showcases domestic lighting. Clad in Cover in shades of grey, the house interacts in a highly convincing manner with the raw concrete character of the space.
The Danish daily broadsheets Politiken, Boersen, Berlingske Tidende and Jyllands-Posten all carried a full-page ad in January featuring two members of the production staff at Petersen Tegl and the words 75,000 – THANKS.
The campaign was launched by the Danish Export Credit Agency, which has been generating growth and creating jobs in Denmark since 1922.
In 2015, the Agency helped Petersen Tegl fund a new brickworks to help meet demand for Kolumba.
The company was delighted to receive this support - much like the other 800 companies the Agency has helped in the last five years alone to land orders worth more than DKK 125 billion and keep some 75,000 jobs in Denmark.
The campaign was designed by the marketing agency Fireball. Møllebro & Dreyer took the photo for the ad, as well as a range of evocative images on display below alongside the ad.
A crack in the body of the building marks the entrance to Kunstmuseum Basel.
In early December, Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian’s architecture critic, announced his top ten most interesting buildings completed in 2016.
At number four is Kunstmuseum Basel, designed by Christ & Gantenbein, for which Petersen Tegl supplied two types of brick in different shades of grey.
Wainwright wrote: “Standing at a crossroads in the centre of Basel like a big chunk of rock freshly hewn from the Alps, the new Kunstmuseum has a suitably geological weight for a building that houses the oldest municipal collection of art in the world. The sharply chiselled edifice uses three shades of brick to give a stratified, sedimentary quality, while the galleries are designed as a suite of intimate rooms. It is a refreshing departure from the prevailing fashion for big, open-plan halls.”
The list also includes Tate Modern Switch House in London and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, both designed by Herzog & de Meuron, 432 Park Avenue, New York, designed by Rafael Vinoly and the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, by Heneghan Peng.
Tegelmäster’s new meeting room has plenty of daylight and is furnished with Danish classics, e.g. the Wishbone chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and the PH 5 pendant designed by Poul Henningsen.
The effects of the growing number of impressive, brick buildings in Sweden have been felt by Tegelmäster, the market leading consultant and supplier of brick, lintels, sliding layers and consoles.
A combination of the wide product range of bricks due to joint ownership by Egernsund and Petersen Tegl and the continuous growth the company has enjoyed since it was founded in 1999 meant that Tegelmäster was gradually running out of room at its premises in Bara.
As a result, the 23 staff, including its eight-strong sales team, has moved to new headquarters – a 750 m2 building on Olsgårdsgatan 15 in Malmö.
The new HQ opened on 12 October, when partners and friends were invited to a celebratory lunch. Tegelmäster looks forward to seeing them all again next summer for a major outdoor exhibition of sample walls.
The X shaped building, is located in the center of Lodz surrounded by a small park. Photo: Piotr Piątek.
Petersen Tegl supplies bricks for 40 countries worldwide, and the market is constantly expanding. Poland, where Petersen cooperate with Centrum Klinkieru Schütz, is one of the newer markets in growth.
One of the latest buildings in Poland built with Petersen bricks, is commisioned by the company Ericpol in Lodz in the middle of Poland. The building contains Ericpol’s software development and employs 800 people. Horizone Studio designed the building which was inaugurated in 2015.
The new building, located in a beautiful small park with large trees, is formed in a modern design and comprises 12,000 square meters. The building is formed as two wings that make up an X connected with a glass lobby. It was crucial for the builder and architect that the building exudes quality, that all materials have a long life and will age beautifully. As we know, masonry meets the demand for long life, and the decision was made to clad the building with a light, gray Kolumba. The four gables, terminating the opposite ends of the X, use large horizontal windows. The facades in the longitudinal direction are performed as glass panels in a rhythmic modulation. The area around the house is covered with granite stones.
This year Ericpol’s building received the prestigious 'SARP Award', given to the best architectural building in Poland. The award is given by 'the Association of Polish Architects (SARP).
The pavilion, designed by Ladner Meir Architecten, is part of the Swiss Embassy.
In late May Copenhagen once again formed the setting for 3daysofdesign where companies and organizations in the industry welcome you. This year, Petersen Tegl – in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy – was part of the popular event.
Since the highly dynamic Ambassador Benedikt Wechsler came to Denmark last year, he has attached new strong contacts between Denmark and Switzerland, not least in the field of design and architecture.
On the occasion of 3daysofdesign Wechsler had asked designer Alfredo Häberli refurbish the embassy, which is also the home of the Wechsler family, so the house now only offers the best of Swiss designed or manufactured furniture design.
The 600 guests who visited the embassy during the three days, also had the opportunity to inform themselves about the latest that has happened on the Swiss architecture scene. In text and images one could experience the extension to the Kunstmuseum Basel, inaugurated in April. The building was designed by Christ & Gantenbein, who chose coal-fired bricks from Petersen Tegl to the building's facades.
The Kunstmuseum Basel exhibition was located in a pavilion that is a result of another collaboration between the two countries. The pavilion is designed by the Swiss architects Ladner Meier, who have offices in both Zurich and Copenhagen – and who incidentally also have used Petersen bricks for projects in both Denmark and Switzerland.
The two buildings are located on a hilly site with large pine trees.
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.
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
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!
A number of old lime trees stand both within and outside Maggie's Centre.
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.)
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.
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 is available in 14 different colours and in two sizes: 528mm x 170mm x 37mm and 528mm x 240mm x 37mm.
“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
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.