The visual structure of the façade was created by using the two-tone colours of Superwhite Retro and Dark Pellava Retro facing bricks from the Wienerberger Koria series. The white and pale grey bricks have a dynamic structure and form the concave inner curve of the building as well as the convex north side. Clinker bricks in the same shade as the concrete elements were used on the north side. “As architects, we want to create a unique look using limited resources,” says Samuli Miettinen, architect at JKMM Architects in Helsinki. “Collaboration with an expert from the brick industry was vital in enabling us to find and develop new possibilities.”
The same bond was used for both brick façades. In this bond method, part of the excess mortar spreads over the brick surface. “Firstly, this bond method lightens the overall appearance. Secondly, it smooths out the differences between the parallel brick façades, which were created using different techniques,” explains Miettinen.