The Thorn Factory, Netherlands is now back in production for 2022! These are beautiful and very popular bricks in NZ. There's something about bringing the outside in - especially popular for commercial interiors, brick slips allow you to build an authentic brick wall in no time at all... Thorn Con Mosso Brick, Gordonton Project, Images Downey Designer Homes
Clay block construction is about performance - minimal heating and cooling required, sustainability, durability, and excellent health due to being 100% natural. Couple this with triple glazed joinery and the building envelope is cozy all year round. Here we show great progress on the Breamtail Porotherm project in Mangawhai. Photos: @breamtail_project
“The bricklayers loved it. Biggest reason…. It was soft on their hands J, Also… not one brick was the same. These are not manufactured identical. Each brick is unique. Therefore the laying is unique. The bricklayers had to lay the bricks in a ‘not perfect’ way. This was pure craftsmanship. That’s why it looks so good.” Jon McAlpine Brick used – Peruwelz Retro Hankar Project: Thorne Group Architecture Location: Tauranga, NZ Photos: Amanda Aitken Photography
"... It has been an interesting comparison from multiple perspectives. Firstly the time to get the walls up... has been significantly less with the Porotherm block. The amount of rubbish produced with a timber framing system is dreadful when compared to what we are now experiencing with the Porotherm block system. (virtually nil) ... suffice to say our dogs prefer sitting in the shade of the Porotherm walls... "
All boxed up and ready to go... Our Taupo project had its first pour a few weeks ago. The first pour is always an exciting event. This is no exception (Images: Cassandra Swan Interiors) #porotherm #porothermnz #clayblockconstruction #nzproject #nzarchitecture #sustainableconstruction
The blockwork is fantastic as the walls were completed to the first pour just before lockdown on our Taupo Porotherm Project. The speed and efficiency of the system is testament to the builder & owner on this immaculate building site. Photos: Cassandra Swan Interiors #porotherm #nzproject #nzarchitecture #porothermclayblock #wienerberger
Porotherm is all about Family! Roger and Jana’s daughters are in on the action here. The Karapiro cottage is now complete – the best comment we have been getting so far from all involved is how cool it is in the enclosed Porotherm walls! Another amazing family – We can’t wait to tell their story! Photos: Four Paddles #porotherm #clayblock #porothermproject #sustainableliving