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Mengel Tower



New Build or Extension:

New Build





The Solution

Close to the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, facing a heavy-traffic crossroads, the last house in the street used to display a grey and rather drab end-wall. To this wall has now been joined a both simple and yet sculpturally designed front gable brick house. The Mengel Tower, named after its builder, is a 7-storey building that offers 15 flats. From top to bottom, the brick walls wrap round the building like curved plates in a slightly twisted pattern and in between the bricked surfaces the windows appear like structural glazing. The bricked surfaces reflect the sunlight, and owing to their slightly twisted design the visual effect and the contract between light and shadow on the building change remarkably through the day. The housing was built with the new rustic Roman brick; a brick with fashionable elegance.