Location: Havnegade, in front of no. 37

Period: June – October

The brick pavilion ‘Bricks in Common’ brings our attention to this double bind: brick has a potentially long lifespan – it is, however, also a very energy-consuming material to produce. If we want brick to play a larger part of the sustainable development, we need further innovation, development, and more design for disassembly.

Illustrations: Mangor & Nagel

AART, Mangor & Nagel -part of AART, NOAA

OJ Consulting Engineers
Copenhagen Mason’s Guild
Tech College Aalborg
Egernsund Wienerberger
Gamle Mursten
CRH Concrete
Søndergaard Nedrivning
Vognmand Peter Falck

BEVICA Foundation
VIHDA, Videnscenter for Håndværk, Design og Arkitektur


Bricks are the cornerstone of Danish welfare buildings. This year marks the 400-year anniversary of Københavns Murerlaug (Copenhagen Mason’s Guild) as well as the Danish implementation of demands for CO2-reductions in the construction industry through the building regulations. The two coinciding events, however, mark a great dilemma.

With a much longer lifespan than 50 years, which is the time span set for calculating CO2 reductions in lifecycle assessment, brick is an evidentially long-lasting material and one of the few that age beautifully. But brick also has a very energy-consuming production phase.

To bring focus to the issue and explore what needs to be done to further the sustainable development and use of brick, the pavilion is designed as three cross arches, each of a different size, but all with approximately the same CO2 footprint.

The smallest arch is made of a traditional, massive, and energy-heavy brick, while the middle arch makes use of the market’s currently most climate-friendly, soft-laid brick. Built mainly with recycled bricks, the largest arch marks an ambition of a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The partnership behind the pavilion represents all parts of the construction value chain – from manufacturers to consultants and artisans.

Bricks have a historical, cultural, and aesthetical significance in the Danish building tradition, but is it also relevant in the future when we discuss responsible use of materials? That is the question and the theme we aim to bring into light and hopefully come closer to answering with our pavilion ‘Bricks in Common’. With this, we want to create a shared, inviting space where we can address future challenges through strong partnerships, more sustainable solutions, and generous architecture.

Nanna Flintholm
Partner, and Architect, AART


All materials are selected with an eye to design for disassembly. The materials will be returned to the manufacturers and reused in future projects.


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