Any ceramic bricks that do not correspond to common rectangular formats are called shaped bricks. On historic buildings, for example, they were used as bricks for window reveals, cornice bricks and arched bricks with the corresponding corner stones. It is not unusual to find more than a dozen different shaped brick types on historical brick facades.
For the renovation of facades of
listed buildings we cover the entire historical
spectrum of ceramic shaped bricks.
In the course of its history, architecture has produced an infinite variety of shaped bricks that often perform functional and decorative tasks at the same time. We manufacture everything from simple wall coverings to nasal bricks and more complex shaped parts according to the specifications of the original façade. An important prerequisite for the conformity of the newly manufactured moulded bricks with the historical building stock is the development of object-related mass and glaze formulas in our own laboratory. In addition, we use traditional, handcrafted methods, because this is the only way to guarantee an authentic appearance in the historical masonry.
Hand-moulded bricks are characterised by their robustness and the characteristic rustic surface. The resulting brickwork bond thus gives a lively, varied overall picture.
All bricks of rectangular formats, simple shaped bricks and flat bricks can be produced using the hand-moulding process.
From the 19th century onwards, extruded bricks were increasingly used in facades, as this new production process enabled both a quantitative and qualitative increase in brick products.
The typical even surface and the laying with narrow joints corresponded to the taste of the time and characterise the appearance of numerous historical buildings of this period.
Historic shaped bricks
Shaped bricks usually fulfil special functions, for example as cornice bricks, for walls, window reveals or brickwork arches. Round bar edges, nose stones or fillet stones have been used since redbrick Gothic as a design element in brick facades to form plinths, embrasures, friezes and pilasters. From simple wall coverings to more complex brick mouldings, we manufacture everything according to the specifications of the original.
For the production of a shaped brick, clay is usually beaten into a specially made plaster mould and after moulding smoothed and fired. Depending on the requirements, shaped bricks can also be produced mechanically as extruded bricks.
We do produce glazed shaped bricks to measure
To produce a shaped brick, clay is beaten into a specially made mould, fired after shaping, glazed and finally fired once again. The prerequisite for the achieved conformity of the newly manufactured shaped bricks with the historical building stock is the development of individual, object-related mass and glaze formulas in our laboratory.
The glaze colour to be developed depends on the base material and the previously used raw materials. Especially in the case of historical building materials, iIt is not always possible to exactly determine which raw materials these were. Due to the use of natural materials, fluctuations are the rule. Since chance also plays a significant role in ceramics time and again, a glaze specification must be achieved by approximation with many samples.
Neues Museum, Berlin
For the vaulted ceiling, we produced lightweight bricks in colours specially matched to the ones of the listed building.
House of Telekom, Berlin
The Telekom AG building in Berlin. Renovation year: 1998/1999. The entire facade decoration had been knocked off during the GDR era and covered with roughcast. All shaped bricks had to be reproduced.
In Anlehnung an die charakteristische Klinkerarchitektur Hamburgs, entwarf das Landschaftsarchitekturbüro Vogt (Zürich/Berlin) im Rahmen der Neuanlegung des Lohseparks im Jahr 2014, Mauern aus transparenten Gittersteinen. GOLEM produzierte diese individuell entwickelten Formsteine.
Shaped bricks in stock
In our warehouse we have shaped bricks, terracottas, copies of building elements and sculptural objects. We offer them to everyone for sale or reproduction.
Phone (Central office)
+49 (0) 33608 89 910
Tomas Grzimek, Christoph Links
GOLEM Kunst und Baukeramik GmbH
Alte Frankfurter Straße 2a
15236 Jacobsdorf, OT Sieversdorf