brick and tile for buildings in the city
Visitors to Copenhagen probably think of the city for its buildings in stone or painted plaster and timber frame - not brick and tile - but there are some amazing buildings with decorative brickwork of the highest quality many dating from the 19th century but some fine buildings from earlier centuries.
Bricks can be moulded or laid to form patterns using different colours of brick. Brickwork can be used to add strong architectural features to a facade, such as blind arcades or ornate doorways, architraves or cornices, that create shadow and pattern across a building elevation or brick can be used for decorative effects by combining it with stone or moulded plasterwork to form ornate polychromatic facades.
Larger panels of clay fired at higher temperatures than stock brick can be moulded or shaped in high relief - usually described as terracotta.
Decorative tiles can be used to add strong, clear colours to the facade in panels or in long horizontal bands and of course the glaze on many tiles brings further qualities, reflecting light and often intensifying the depth of colour.