Gustave Falconnier's Glass Bricks at the Old Godin Paper Mill
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Behold one of the old Godin paper mill buildings in Huy, Belgium with random emerald green briques — now being rehabilitated!
Taco visited the Huy (Hoei) factory, took this new set of pics, and retrieved some briques. The installation was even more important than the first pictures indicated: it has very unusual red bricks which appear to be colored with a coating on the inside, patterned windows on the upper floors, mixed windows of different type bricks, and has briques from a different manufacturer: Etablissements Gaston Blanpain-Massonet of Bruxelles, whose variation on the #8 pattern (with more concentric circles) is in a nice light rose glass; it's embossed NEUTRAL / G. BLANPAIN / BRUXELLES. The factory has suffered at the hands of vandals, and many briques are missing or damaged. Hopefully what's left can be preserved!
"Within the framework of its activities of rehabilitation of brownfields, the company SPAQuE (Walloon region - Belgium) proceeded to the deconstruction (2008-2010) of the buildings of the old Godin paper mills in Marchin (B).
The glass bricks Falconnier were used as filling windows of the ground floor and the first floor of one building.
This building was disused for the first time between 1967 and 1980 and one second time since 1999. It was the recurring target of vandals. Most of glass bricks disappeared, were concealed or destroyed.
In 2009, the company SPAQuE decides to save the remaining bricks. Consequently, the whole of bricks was dismounted and cleaned. After a summary inventory, some eight hundred white bricks, thirty green and two reds would have been recovered. Some white half-bricks were also saved but it is rather difficult to estimate the quantity of it.
The SPAQuE company wish today to develop this heritage through collaborations on projects/building sites of restoration with this constructive system."