Fast Company writer Diana Budds takes a look at a re-engineered form of brick designed by Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro.
The shape and semi-hollow cores of the bricks, which are composed of ceramic, naturally regulate temperature and reduce the need for additional materials such as insulation. The brick's shape also offers acoustic insulation.
To produce the brick's irregular form, the architects merged a rectangular and triangular shape, with one side angled at 114 degrees. This angle reflects sunlight, but also shades the surface underneath the brick, limiting heat transfer.
Moreover, the brick's core is composed of hollow channels that offer ventilation and make it harder for heat to travel through the mass. On a traditional flat brick wall, the entire surface is exposed to harsh sunlight and, because of its solid form, transfers heat easier compared with Niño and Navarro's design. Rooms become hot and air conditioning—which isn't always available—becomes necessary for inhabitants to feel comfort.