The RIBA Journal - Sands End Nurtures in Nature

Editor Jan-Carlos Kucharek shares his thoughts on the Sands End Arts and Community Centre in London, for which StoneCycling produced custom Nougat WasteBasedBricks.

The RIBA Journal - Sands End Nurtures in Nature

What works too is his choice of warm, ‘Nougat’ facing brick from Dutch firm StoneCycling, using 70% recycled material and 30% clay, complementing the Edwardian wall’s buttery terracotta dressings.

By way of working into the material, main elevations were specified, at added cost, as sawn-faced rather than the natural finish of flank elevations, creating a subtle hierarchy all of its own.“

“Cheaper than reconstituted stone, it was clearly more expensive than brick; evidenced in the way that Mae cut costs and saved £27,000 on the contract sum by cleverly laying the bricks on their side, to generate a façade module that is familiar yet uncanny the same time.“

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