Brick is a great material for large surfaces, as long as it is of high quality.
The 1,500-m2 Sønderskov Hall, designed by ZENI arkitekter, is a new, multifunctional space and sports centre at Sønderskov School in Sønderborg (Denmark). It is built in the same shade of yellow brick as the rest of the school. To break up the large surfaces, the façades at first-floor level have a relief pattern that emphasises the qualities of the material.“When working with such a large volume, the nature of the exterior façades is crucial. Brick is a great material for large surfaces, as long as it is of high quality. Its weight, robustness and texture not only bring the surfaces together, but also bring them to life,” says architect Torben Engsig Svan Sørensen of ZENI Architects.
The façade that houses the entrance features a decorative brick relief. “I wanted to show both sides of what the school does in one single image, which I call ‘Half Time’,” says the artist, Ole Videbæk. The image is a play on words meaning both ‘half time’ and ‘half play’. Reflecting both the academic and the theoretical, his relief consists of a patterned red-brick base, above which figures are seen at play. The red D33 brick gives the base an almost pixelated appearance.
“Above it, in the same red clay but fired in my own furnaces, are figures representing children at play. Their play ignore the lines on the pitch and the rules, but forms the basis on which they learn inside the sports hall. Only when play is taken seriously, does it become fun,” Videbæk explains.