Clay is one of history’s oldest materials, which has accompanied human beings since the Neolithic Levantine farmers. Many years ago, bricks (or adobe blocks) were put to dry under the sun, but the technique was perfected little by little and the result was a series of more resistant and durable pieces.
There are many types that can be used in different ways: some are hollow, which are used in facades; some are artisanal (very popular in rural areas); and as something novel for our time, ceramic ones arrived, destined solely for decorative purposes, and which are also easier to clean.
The firm Foster+Partners employed custom made bricks to develop the China Resources University, near Shenzhen in China. Thinner and longer than the common kind, each piece is over half a meter long. They are covered with a fine layer of colored mortar to finish concrete elements. The campus also houses a hotel, clubhouse, stores, and houses. At the center, the university is 55,000 square meters featuring five buildings used for teaching and an innovation center.