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The backstory to Cobogo bricks

December 07, 2016

Cobogó bricks were initially patented in 1929 in Brazil by 3 engineers, Amadeu Oliveira Coimbra, Ernest August Boeckmann and Antônio de Góis. This interesting new invention was a hollow structural element similar to a “brick material” that allowed light and air to come through. The trio of engineers named these bricks, “Cobogó”, for no other reason than to incorporate the first two letters of each of their last names into the name: “CO” “BO” and “GO”.

Since 1929, Cobogó bricks have transitioned from concrete to ceramic. The bricks have become a prevalent building feature throughout Brazil. The flexibility of their design allows for amazing geometries and they’ve become an architect’s “muse”. With the potential to create very beautiful features, we can only hope that they’ll catch on in the US sometime soon!

Cobogó bricks enclose a balcony in Rio de Janeiro.

Image courtesy of: Eat Rio

Cobogó bricks used as a dividing wall between the living room and the bedroom. (Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil, by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design.)

Image courtesy of: Fresh Home

Two walls of white Cobogó bricks blur the line between indoor and outdoor and create a dramatic light pattern to add interest to a sparse space at the Cobogó House in São Paulo, designed by Studio MK27.

Image courtesy of: HomeDSGN

A table incorporating Cobogó bricks into the top, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana.

Image courtesy of: Design Boom

A wall of Cobogó bricks provides a perch for climbing plants at the São Paulo Aesop store, designed by the Campana Brothers.

Image courtesy of: Dezeen

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