“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.”