A recent article in Metropolis Magazine looks at the work of 15 designers, architects and artists who have re-examined the most fundamental building block—literally—the everyday brick. The workshop held in the Netherlands explored everything from the decorative play on light to increasing the functionality incorporating sound dampeners and planters. An exhibition of prototypes are on display until July 1st in Rotterdam at Groot Handelsgebouw, Conradstraat 40-48.
Featured above is the 'Solar Brick'.
German architect Jan Schabert aimed to improve the heat-transmission capabilities of brick. By mimicking radiator fins and including cavities in which warm air can circulate, his brick takes passive solar heating to a whole new level. He is currently seeking a patent on the design.