The Gent Waste Brick has been developed specifically for the construction of the new wing of the Design Museum Gent in Belgium. The collaboration was a result of wanting a sustainable product that is low in embodied carbon but still strong enough for external conditions.
Each brick is made up of sand, hydraulic lime, calcium carbonate and local waste and is cured rather than fired. The result is a brick with “0.17 kilograms of C02e per kilogram – just 1/3 the embodied carbon of a Belgian clay fired brick”.
The waste and composite materials of the brick were carefully selected to be a light grey tone to ensure the proposed development blends in with surrounding local civic Architecture.