Relief façades and intricate ornaments can look back on centuries of history in industrial and residential architecture. Decorative cornice and frieze elements defining, delineating, and structuring architectural elements are among the most memorable traits of many historic buildings.
Even with the restrained language of current architectural style,masonry is experiencing a revival as an artform and expression of craftsmanship. It guides the eye towards individual elements and materials or helps break the monotony of long building lines. Colourful ornaments add a touch of joie-de-vivre to large wallspaces and facades; pinhole masonry promises interesting new insights; and patterned or banded bricks add a third dimension to façade design.
This requires careful façade design and close cooperation between architects, masons, and brickmakers. "By working closely with our craftsmen and the clinker specialists from Hagemeister, we tried a range of sample façades on site", Jan Kleihues explains looking back at the intricate work in Berlin. It was worth the effort. As Jan Kleihues sums up: "The finished building far exceeds our expectations. Balanced by the clinker relief, the clean lines of the building have been the object of much attention and enthusiasm."