Upgrading existing buildings, safeguarding the future

Architecture can make a significant contribution to creating a world that is sustainable and liveable for all. Renovating, extending, or upgrading existing buildings with brick are all options for responding to the issues of growing cities, demand for space, and excessive consumption of resources. 

CBME Management Portrait - CEO Christof Domenig
CEO Christof Domenig
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Emphasising the character of existing buildings

There are many ways to integrate the advantages of modern, functional architecture into old buildings, without having to sacrifice their original charm. Ceramic building materials offer advantages in every respect, because they are naturally robust and insulating, and also versatile, allowing the creation of sophisticated architectural designs.
 
This edition of architectum showcases some outstanding examples of brick architecture. They demonstrate the diverse range of approaches that can be taken when renovating existing buildings, both in terms of visual design and building structure. The projects also illustrate the different ways that clay building materials can be used, and how they bring out and emphasise the character of the existing building. The key focus of the renovation projects tends to be restoring the original state of usability, maximising comfort, and updating the brick building to meet modern needs and standards. The extension projects highlighted in this issue put special emphasis on consistency and continuing to respect the building structure in all ways. Finally, the variety of effects that can be achieved with brick mean that the upgraded buildings featured here can truly shine in their repurposed roles and potential uses.
 
All these different ways of renovating and redesigning buildings have the advantage of ensuring the long-term use of the buildings and increasing their value. Ceramic building materials shape urban landscapes and contribute not only to contemporary architecture, but also to providing sustainable solutions for future generations.

“Ceramic building materials shape urban landscapes and contribute not only to contemporary architecture, but also to providing sustainable solutions for future generations.” - Christof Domenig.

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