JAM Hotel
  • Tiles, Limeplaster, cork/clay elements
  • Architects : A2M
  • Designer : Atelier Lionel Jadot
  • Location : Lisbon, Portugal

TERRACOTTA TILES GROND designed 5 different tiles and created a grid-like structure to decorate the hotel lobby. The tiles are hand-crafted using a clay extruder: the clay is pushed through holes in metal plates which form the pattern of the tiles. The long line of patterned clay is then cut into the different tiles. After the extrusion process, the clay is fired up to 1100°C and cooled down slowly. The result is a textured tile, not glossy or shiny, in typical terracotta red.  Design / production & installation in collaboration with Thomas Eggermont. EARTH BRICKS Whereas the terracotta tiles in the lobby are fired, the bricks at the hotel entrance are completely made out of raw earth, i.e. no processing, no firing. The bricks serve as sculptural blinds, marking the hotel entrance from the street. The bricks, also hand-crafted by GROND, are made by the technique of rammed earth. Loose earth is compressed until it cannot be compressed further. It results in a very dense and strong, concrete-like material. To create a somewhat lighter texture and a more brown-red colour, we added cork and wood shaving to the earthen mix.   MINERAL PLASTERING For the patio outside the hotel entrance, GROND applied a terracotta colour lime plaster on the benches and tables. The design and colour add a hacienda-style vibe to the patio. GROND used an eco-friendly plaster suitable for outdoor use. The lime plaster creates a smooth and silky texture that is completely waterproof.  Production & Installation in collaboration with HUUS.

Possible Patterns
  • Elise Eeraerts (BE) in collaboration with Grond Studio

Possible Patterns is a spatial intervention by artist Elise Eeraerts (BE) in collaboration with Grond Studio. It is comprised of modular elements. They make up a large volume that emerges as a fragment of built space. The modular elements that the intervention consists of are made of rammed earth.There are 5 different shapes that function intermodularly as a group. Among these, some establish a scaled up/down version of themselves. Possible Patterns originates from research into the standardization and customization of shapes, geometry and composition. Through the work’s modularity a multitude of configurations could be (re)built. Within these modular units an additional experiment is materialized through the creation of openings in the middle. These openings have a visual impact, constituting small windows to look through ‘Possible Patterns’ from different sides. Yet they also bring forward fragility in terms of the material stability of rammed earth. Usually, mud bricks do not contain openings within their own volume. Pushing their distinctive balance to its limit, challenges and activates the senses and experience of the viewer.

  • Rammed earth
  • Dimensions : diameter 28,5
  • Designer : pieter van bruyssel & thomas eggermont

OSCILATOR is a spatial installation for the Milan Design Week 2022, oscillating between sculpture & utility object. It is comprised of stackable elements made of rammed earth, designed to create your own utility sculpture: a stool, a bench, a table, ...  A machine forms the basis in this project, pressing these solid raw earth elements. It was designed with circularity in mind on all levels.  Creating a possibility using different soils depending on location and its usage.

The Regenerative Garden
  • Earth bricks, rammed earth, clay plaster
  • Architects : Nicolas Godelet architects and engineers
  • Client : BEL Expo, Belgian Government
  • Location : Almere, Netherlands

This massive projects contains over 65 tons of earth which form the basic structure of the Regenerative Garden, a winning design by Nicolas Godelet for the Belgian Pavilijon at Floriade 2022. Floriade is a world horticultural exhibition that takes place in the Netherlands only once a decade. It is the 7th time that the exhibition is held in the Netherlands, this time in Almere. The Regenerative Garden is a geometrical and natural project that reflects Belgian gardens. The pavilion’s architecture is designed to minimise its environmental impact. Each material chosen is fully reusable or degradable, low-carbon, regenerable and natural: earth, wood, hemp, naturally compostable bioplastic, all these materials will be reused or recycled at the end of the exhibition.

  • 30 m2
  • Rammed earth floor
  • Designer : Lionel Jadot
  • Location : Brussels, Belgium

In this project of interior designer Lionel Jadot, we realised a rammed earth floor on the third floor of a private building. Forming the floor of the house guestroom, giving it a real nice vibe tucked away in the marollen area in Brussels.

  • 250 m2
  • Clay plaster
  • Architects : BC architects
  • Location : Brussels, Belgium

This project shows why you should not be afraid to choose the dark side of the colour spectrum. Dark red clay plaster, echoing the colour of soil, has been used throughout the whole building to cover the walls. The result is a place full of depth, warmth and coziness, without being oppressive.

Love Birds
  • Ceramics, Raku fired
  • Dimensions : 24 x 35 cm
  • Designer : pieter van bruyssel & thomas eggermont

A lovebird is one of the smallest bird species, native to the African continent. As their name suggest, they are known for the long-term bond they tend to form with their mates. This duo of raku-fired vases, inspired by the intimate bond of lovebirds, and are made of leftover ceramics mixed together with paper. A collaboration was born with the lovebirds afterwards, forming the legs of a table of Maison Armand Jonckers

  • 250 m2
  • Clay plaster
  • Architects : BC architects
  • Location : Nieuwpoort, Belgium

This project of BC Architects at the Belgian seaside aimed at bringing the ocean into the space. This has inspired us to investigate the use of materials from the ocean and sea as resources for the creation of the walls & ceiling.  Tiny shells were mixed in this clay plaster of BC Materials in Brussels.   The floor is made by grinding down shells that are locally sourced by the clients before combining them perfect with natural clay plaster. This grants the floor a terrazzo-like aesthetic. While the shells add a shimmering effect, that echoes the surface of the sea.

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