brick: Greenbrick
location: Venlo 
realisation: 2012 
client: gemeente Venlo

'Green' and infrastructure are a difficult match; they are two different entities. The urban environment is getting more 'stony' though and, as a result of this, the problems with infiltration of rainwater more acute. Attempts to implement grass stones often fail. Standard grass stones are not easy to combine with attractive looking brick pavement, and they often don't meet the technical requirements of a road used by traffic. The invention of the Greenbrick is our answer to this problem, with which we were confronted in the project Talentcampus Venlo. The urban plan asked for solving the heavy parking demands within the boundaries of the site, whilst at the same time it was an explicit wish to make the area more green and attractive.  To create a uniform appearance, we wanted the grass to continue in the paving, without compromising on the paving pattern or the type of brick. 
This led to the development of the Greenbrick. In fact, the Greenbrick is a hollow brick: the HDPE case has the same size as a standard brick, which makes it possible to combine with any type of paving. Furthermore, the Greenbrick contributes to local waterinfiltration, as it is completely permeable. Recently, the Greenbrick was granted a patent. Because the Greenbrick can be fully integrated into any paving patterns, it is much easier to make the city greener, creating a more comfortable and softer appearance. The Greenbrick even offers the possibility of 'greening' existing streets, without interfering with their traffic requirements. We look forward to the first initiative in which the Greenbrick will be applied to an existing street.

(Greenbrick was developed by Carve, and is produced by StruykVerwo)