Whilst there are some commonly agreed approaches to this question, to be innovative in our practice, we must challenge the status quo appropriately. A material that we have recently researched in Aptlab which can mimic the proportion of the masonry brick or timber weatherboard is Alusion
. However, the manufacturing process, substance and visual aesthetic of Alusion could not be more contrasting to the common brick. This stabilised aluminium foam which uses 20% recycled content and is 100% recyclable is made by injecting air into molten aluminium, creating a completely unique lustrous aesthetic. Additionally, the amount of air injected impacts the density of the material, allowing for a variety of densities and appearances.