They’re pretty, colourful, resistant and traditionally innovative.
It’s the new and rivolutionary brise solieilin unplastered brick.
It’s a product that is able to enhance the traditional architectural and aesthetic value of the unplas-tered brick and the modularity of the sun-shading systems.
It’s installed dry on a metal structure, totally invisible.
Breeze blocks between function and decoration
Breeze blocks is an architectural element that has quite ancient origins. Although it sounds Italian, the name by which we know it comes to us from Spain, a country that has been affected by Arab influence in several areas of culture. Over the centuries, breeze blocks has found wide use in traditional construction throughout the Mediterranean basin, especially in its fired brick version.
A breeze blocks wall is composed of modular elements laid according to a checkerboard of solids and voids that allows light to filter in, screens out sunlight and provides ventilation for interior spaces. Having always been used in rustic farmhouses throughout much of the peninsula, in the 1970s and 1980s jealousy was also widely used in our then rapidly expanding cities, especially of popular residential buildings. It was cheap and easy to achieve, at the very least by fitting differently the same bricks used for solid walls; it gave light to stairwells, fractionated balconies, and area to attics and cellars. In addition to all this, jealousy also served a decorative function, which, to this day, seems the real reason for its enduring use.
As Fosdondo Furnace, we have made several special pieces intended for breeze blocks walls. This element is so closely associated with face brick that, in conjunction with that, we are periodically asked for: these are pieces tailor-made, produced by extrusion from the same mixtures we use for hollow bricks. Since they are not load-bearing elements, some freedom is allowed in the study of the shapes and thicknesses of these elements, which are fine-tuned by making one or more prototypes.