Y Blocks

December 30, 2010

Cellular ceramic building blocks

Y Blocks are a new type of brick system that creates an informally arranged wall or paving surface while utilizing a single repeated unit. A short version can be used horizontally as paving or vertically to create a screen wall. A longer version stacks vertically to create a brick wall with the ends perpendicular to the wall surface, similar to masonry header coursing. Unlike standard bricks or tiles, there is no idealized configuration. The introduction of each new unit ripples throughout the system, letting forces internal to the stack or field determine the final design. While the system has some strange requirements—namely buttressing and patience on the part of the installer—it does solve some problems inherent with typical masonry construction, such as dealing with irregular edges and ways to introduce irregular patterns and openings.

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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