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DIGITAL CREAMICS II. another brick in the wall


The “Another Brick in the Wall” STUDIO represents a novel and innovative approach to using ceramics in construction. By leveraging the capabilities of 3D printing technology, this project seeks to transform conventional brick into a modular and sustainable building material that can be used in a wide range of applications within a circular economy.

As a building material, ceramic has been used for centuries due to its durability, fire resistance, and insulation properties. However, 3D printing has created new possibilities for complex forms and design languages in ceramic construction. Through experimentation with digital ceramic craftsmanship, the project aims to bridge the gap between traditional and digital design, blurring the boundaries between craftsmanship and technology.

One of the key advantages of this innovative brick design is the complex interlocking mechanism that allows for seamless integration between individual bricks. This interlocking feature not only enhances the structural integrity of the masonry but also eliminates the need for traditional mortar joints, which can be prone to cracking and other forms of deterioration. Additionally, the 3D printing technology enables the creation of individual brick shapes tailored to specific functional and aesthetic requirements, adding a level of customization and versatility to the building process.

Furthermore, using non-repetitive masonry patterns and designs creates a unique and visually appealing aesthetic that sets this construction method apart from traditional masonry techniques. The ability to create complex and intricate shapes and designs in ceramics, through 3D printing, offers architects and designers a new level of creative freedom in their work.

In conclusion, the “Another Brick in the Wall” STUDIO represents a major step forward in using ceramics as a building material and highlights the potential of 3D printing technology to transform the construction industry. With its complex interlocking mechanism, individual brick shapes, and visually appealing aesthetic qualities, this innovative brick design has the potential to revolutionize the way we build and construct our built environment.


University of Innsbruck 
department of architecture 
Studio: Marjan Colletti
Lecturer: Jan Contala, Philipp Schwaderer

year: 2022


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