Q Blocks

November 20, 2010

Multifunctional ceramic building blocks

Bricks and tiles, though materially similar, are commonly understood as discrete building materials. Bricks are stacked to produce a solid volume, while tiles are arrayed to create a surface. Q Blocks work as a single ceramic building unit that can perform a host of different constructive functions. The units can stack to create walls, overlap to create roof tiles, or nest to create irregular tiling patterns. By extruding clay through a steel die and then changing the length of the resulting tube, a single hollow profile can be used to create a range of constructive units. This approach allows for a number of advantages over the standard rectangular stacked units. For example, the air cavity within the units also allows for services to pass through what would typically be a solid cross section. These bricks, pavers and roof tiles can nest and stack in both regular and irregular patterns depending on the use and installation.

Contact: Sheet Design, Long Island City, NY, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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