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Uses of Perforated Masonry Construction

Rajib Dey
Uses of Perforated Masonry Construction

Perforated masonry is defined by a regular solid brick wall with gaps between adjacent units that are either open or filled with non-load bearing material. The transmission of air, noise, light, and heat is a feature of the construction without fillings. The size of the gaps that cannot be used to pass through the wall is an important factor in the definition of perforated masonry.

Perforated masonry construction has a high air, noise, heat, and light permeability, making it a passive design strategy for improving overall thermal conditions.

Perforated masonry is used in the construction of walls or facades, primarily as a non-load bearing structure. It is a contemporary Paraguayan architectural style that employs various block units and patterns.

Perforated Masonry Construction Applications

Residential Building

The most common application of perforated masonry was found in residential buildings, specifically in the external walls of single or two-story buildings as a non-structural or curtain wall. Perforated masonry is commonly used to design intentions for exposure as well as a visual barrier.

Educational buildings

It is used as a curtain wall to allow for more light and air exposure. The London School of Economics, for example, has a perforated masonry brick curtain wall that reaches a height of up to 20 metres. There is no load-bearing function in this design.

Sacral architecture

It is used in prayer rooms to create interesting lighting effects. To support the slab in a crematorium, open-gap masonry pillars are built here.

Facade construction

Perforated masonry is used in a two-story structure with a new double skin of glass and brick panels to balance views, light, and connection to the outdoors.


Perforated masonry construction, whether as a wall or as panels, is becoming popular in areas where natural ventilation is essential.

Rajib Dey
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