To give the house that certain something, the architects chose to use the Terca Linaqua Vino facing brick, which owes its distinctive, rustic appearance to a special production process. These days, the bricks are generally fired in modern tunnel kilns after they have been shaped and dried. However, these special, hand-formed bricks get their appearance from a traditional circular continuous kiln, where the bricks stand in the kiln while the burning coals move slowly along them. This produces individual colour variations, scorch patterns and ash deposits.
It is a time-intensive process that involves a lot of manual input – resulting in a unique product. The building has already received several awards for its creative and unusual combination of historic and modern designs, and the choice of materials. In 2019, it was named “Building of the year”, received the German Brick Award (special award for buildings in a historical context) and the Iconic Award 2019. In 2020, the Haus am Buddenturm was shortlisted for the DAM award, won the German Design Award 2020, was nominated for the Brick Award 2020, and its architects were crowned ‘best architects’.