Scan Magazine, Issue 132, January 2020

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Hoellviken House.

Not just another brick in the wall Randers Tegl is one of Scandinavia’s largest producers of bricks and rooftiles, but its influence stretches far beyond northern Europe. With exports going as far away as Australia, Randers Tegl has helped shape cityscapes all across the globe and pushed the boundaries of the possible, allowing architects and contractors to create brick-based buildings that wouldn’t have been possible earlier. By Louise Older Steffensen  |  Photos: Randers Tegl

If you think creatively enough, you can do just about anything with bricks these days: a look at the new façades in the centre of Stockholm or Oslo proves that new brick buildings are anything but boring. Asymmetrical angles, skyscrapers and entirely round buildings can be made with bricks these days. The brick façades look deceptively simple when 90  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

they’re done, but that belies the complicated and interesting journey it has taken to get them to that stage.

The writing in the wall “We like to say that anything is possible,” says Randers Tegl’s marketing director, Laust Ejstrup. “If you want to do something challenging with bricks, we’ll

figure out how it can be done.” Randers Tegl includes a large team of expert engineers and architectural technologists, who have specialised in figuring out how to make seemingly impossible constructions come true. Most of their efforts aren’t visible once the building is complete, but without them, many  modern-day brick buildings simply couldn’t hold their own weight. One of their industry-changing innovations was the Carlsberg Bjælker™  beams and lintels, which allowed  Randers Tegl to construct large pieces of reinforced, prefabricated wall that look no different to the other bricks

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