Ceramic Cladding in Architecture: potential and application-oriented development of the material foam ceramic
Until now ceramic foams have not been considered as design elements in architecture due to their very specific areas of application, for example in the automotive or metal casting industries. For years ceramic foams have been used as filters for industrial purposes because they are able to withstand aggressive substances and extremely high temperatures. Ceramic foams have great potential as sound absorbers for an optimal acoustic quality of rooms due to their porosity. Owing to their sponge-like structure they can also deposit particulates from exhaust gases.
The research deals with the development of a new building material, using elements from ceramic foams to manufacture components of different shapes and dimensions that can be used for protection against noise and air pollution in cases of permanent and temporary sources of noise and contaminated air. It is attempted to combine contemporary demands, like for example "environmentally friendly" and incorporating them into the structures. The areas of application are analyzed from a technical, esthetic and economical perspective. The blending of the material into the environment is also addressed. Details like the various planning stages, the design concept and the spatial organization are examined and depicted by means of models and archive material. Furthermore, the buildings are compared with classical buildings from the history of architecture.
Reviewer, and if applicable second reviewer
Prof. Michael Schulze
Prof. Dr. phil. Alexander Markschies
Department of Sculptural Design