Excerpt: Cape Horn is an architectural project designed by M3H Architects in Netherlands. The project consists of two buildings and is part of a large-scale housing project in the city of Hoorn in the province of North Holland. These are the first buildings where the new technique Dry stack has been applied on such a large scale.
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A brick building like you’ve never seen before… Our new Cape Horn project is already one of our most innovative projects so far. The project consists of two buildings and is part of a large-scale housing project in the city of Hoorn in the province of North Holland. These are the first buildings where the new technique Dry stack has been applied on such a large scale. All of the 380,000 bricks are stacked with a unique circular stacking system. We choose for a yellow wasserstrich brick with greenish and red nuances to be the star of this project (Wienerberger, Beerse – Belgium).
Dry stack has a number of advantages. The main advantage is that the brick facades are easy to dismantle and that this technique is completely circular. Bricklaying also becomes much easier. That is a good thing now that there is a shortage of masons. Dry stacking can be done by anyone. Together with the supplier and the contractor, we explored the limits of the new stacking system. We designed facades with different types of bonds half brick bond, wild and staggered bond and even with vertical bandages. Also the famous serrated ‘Hoorn corner’ designed by us can be built with Dry-stack. The corners and roof moldings of the buildings are striking. These are masonry ‘ribbed’ (alternatingly protruding layers) and have serrations in the masonry. The ridges and serrations create vertical and horizontal shadows that accentuate the building contour and string the volumes together.
The location also plays a major role in this design, as it usually does in our designs. We wanted to preserve a bit of history in such a new construction project. A number of works of art by visual artist Nynke Koster have therefore been placed in the facades. These refer to Hoorn’s historical connection with Cape Horn, one of the first settlements in Manhattan, named after the hometown of its first inhabitants. This is how we combine the old with the new.