The DUBIO Brick manufactured by Nelissen Bricks has been nominated for the Henry van de Velde Efficiency Award 2017.

The eighteen nominees for the Henry van de Velde Awards 2017 have been announced! Nelissen Bricks is proud to have been selected as one of three contenders in the category ‘Efficiency Award’. The brick, with its shadow-lines that create an illusion of two thin stacked bricks, offers the architect new creative options on-site that translate into a result with an ecological touch.

The DUBIO brick is the result of the collaboration between product design agency 'Depot Roel Vandebeek' from Maasmechelen and Nelissen Bricks from Kesselt-Lanaken. Shadow-lines in the brick create the illusion that the facadehas been built with very thin bricks. "Facades built with bonded bricks are very popular with architects,” according to the manufacturer. "The demand for original linear lines also continues to increase." To satisfy this demand, Nelissen Bricks offers a durable answer with the DUBIO brick within the existing production capabilities. "With DUBIO, the focus is not only on the brick itself but also on the broader context of the facade. It can be compared to a tile floor with its numerous pattern possibilities."

Making the impossible possible
This innovative concept offers endless possibilities. The brick can be placed in various colours both vertically and horizontally, and even in random patterns. With DUBIO, the building sector can achieve creations that are impossible with a standard brick. "You get one brick, but see two amazingly thin stacked bricks. So thin that they cannot be produced in hand-type; they would warp during the baking process. In addition, they would be too expensive to lay because much larger numbers would be needed," said the manufacturer.

Durable result
The N70 brick from Nelissen forms the basis of the DUBIO. It is three centimeters thinner than a standard brick, which leaves extra space for wall insulation or for creating a bigger living area. If Dubio is used in a building project, the total weight of the bricks required is 30% less than when conventional bricks are used, which in turn results in a 30% transport cost reduction. In this way, the brick manufacturer offers architects the possibility to combine aesthetics and durability. Because the brick has the same height as a standard brick, the result on the building site is identical, yet it seems as if twice as many bricks were used.

Great honour
A product, project or service does not become a Henry van de Velde Awards 2017 Nominee just like that. This spring, Flanders DC launched a campaign aimed at designers, companies, governments and organizations, specifying that it should be a design project with a Flemish link that had not come on the market before April 2016. More than 180 designers and innovators used this opportunity to send in their creations.
During November and December, the general public will have the opportunity to choose their favourite from these 18 finalists. The Henry van de Velde Awards 2017 Nominee with the highest number of votes will then also be in for a chance to win the Henry van de Velde 2017 Public Award.

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