The handmade bricks

With the old style of handmade brick, each item was a one-off, manufactured using a traditional process that involves every single brick being knocked into shape by hand, giving rise to unmistakable features in terms of structure, surface and color. No two bricks are alike, and in terms of quality, they are equal in every respect to machine-drawn, extruded products. Many formats and optional special production methods provide great design latitude.

Three things are required for a handmade brick or a handmade floor slab: good clay or loam, a dimensionally accurate shape and untiring muscular strength. The maker of handmade bricks uses all of his strength to bash and press the clay into its sand-coated mould, cuts off the protruding clay with a tight wire, then carefully gives the brick its final shape while the clay is still soft.

Frequently used

formats

With the handmade bricks, almost all shapes are possible through manual production. Here is an excerpt showing frequently produced formats. Depending on the building requirements, we are of course able to offer other dimensions for all types of product. Please note: Handmade bricks are not covered by any DIN standard. All dimensional data is only approximate. Handmade bricks are produced to different tolerances. If you ever have any questions, simply pick up the phone or use our contact form to get in touch with us.

Handmade bricks
format in mm
Approx. demand
per m²
Weight in
kg/piece
NF & DF bricks
240/115/50653,1
240/115/70507,2
Special-format bricks
280/115/60
(only available sanded)
484,1
280/140/60484,6
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M-305-ettal
M-401-waldram-fks
M-309-neustift-besandet
M-303-waldram
M-301-neuburg
M-304-metten
M-306-neumarkt
M-302-oberhaus
M-307-trausnitz

Limitless color variety

Handmade bricks

Handmade bricks are the most distinctive kind of ceramic because every single one is produced by hand. Mostly, the colors of this kind of brick tend to be classic ones.

For facades, we only manufacture on a project-specific basis, and we consult with you about your desired color until we have achieved a perfect match with your wishes. Let yourself be inspired by our color overview and discover a selection of colors produced previously. Simply order a sample of your favorites or download our textures for renderings.

+ Handmade bricks colors + Color development
M-305-ettal
Ettal - Handmade bricks
M-401-waldram-fks
Waldram FKS - Handmade bricks
M-309-neustift-besandet
Neustift besandet - Handmade bricks
M-303-waldram
Waldram - Handmade bricks
M-301-neuburg
Neuburg - Handmade bricks
M-304-metten
Metten - Handmade bricks
M-306-neumarkt
Neumarkt - Handmade bricks
M-302-oberhaus
Oberhaus - Handmade bricks
M-307-trausnitz
Trausnitz - Handmade bricks

Impressive

references

Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam | Springer Architekten mit G. Heidenreich, Berlin

Bricks & facade | Handmade bricks | 250 x 120 x 65 mm
© Bernd Hiepe
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Impressive

references

Schäfflerblock, Munich | Studio Ivano Gianola, Munich-Mendrisio

Bricks & facade | Handmade bricks | 240 x 115 x 52 mm
© Stefan Müller-Naumann
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Get a picture of our products on the completed building
and discover impressive references with brick facades.

Traditional

handmade technique

The characteristic features of this handmade production are the special attraction of this fired brick, and its unique character. In the handmade process, every shaped part can be produced economically, even in very small volumes. The handmade brick is therefore the ideal product for preservation of ancient monuments, where the aim is to restore them using compatible materials and comparable standards of workmanship.

Andreas Süß

The optimum structural properties of brick facades are a perfect match with modern economic and ecological requirements. The handmade bricks are prooved to be an ideal construction material for facades: It is frost-resistant, resistant to acids and alkalis, non-fading, resistant to light and it also does not show signs of age. Instead, a patina forms on its surface and, as time goes by, it becomes increasingly attractive. Obtain a better insight into the subject of brick facades. What exactly happens in the firing process? What can be done to influence the color shades that bricks adopt? And how can GIMA assist me with project planning? Discover condensed expertise: through the planning process, the manufacturing process and our service concept.

The optimum structural properties of brick facades are a perfect match with modern economic and ecological requirements. The handmade bricks are prooved to be an ideal construction material for facades: It is frost-resistant, resistant to acids and alkalis, non-fading, resistant to light and it also does not show signs of age. Instead, a patina forms on its surface and, as time goes by, it becomes increasingly attractive. Obtain a better insight into the subject of brick facades. What exactly happens in the firing process? What can be done to influence the color shades that bricks adopt? And how can GIMA assist me with project planning? Discover condensed expertise: through the planning process, the manufacturing process and our service concept.

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