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The Hong Kong Brick | Photo source Florian Wegenest and Christine Lew, Studio Florian and Christine

A brick made from COVID-19 construction waste

Architecture & Design

The Hong Kong Brick was designed out of the waste of shops demolished during the pandemic

Spotted: Design Studio Florian and Christine has produced a design artefact made from the small gravel, cement and glass pieces left by shops in Hong Kong that had to close because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Hong Kong Brick was produced by breaking the material into smaller pieces, before being transformed into a brick in a terrazzo. 

As well as being practical, the brick was also intended to represent something more metaphorical: the representation of building something new out of adversity, and how the closing of things in the past can inspire new, and better things. Florian Wegenest and Christine Lew, founders of the studio say that “We wanted to create a brick as it is a symbol of rebuilding something new. The project is representing how the past can be used to create a positive impact for the future.”

Studio Florian and Christine aim to work at the intersect of sustainable materials and social innovation, and the Hong Kong Brick is just one example of their work.

Written By: Holly Hamilton

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