Breeze blocks are back! Having been extremely popular in the architecture of the 1950s and 1960s they were used so extensively in both houses and commercial buildings that they found anywhere in the world where it was hot including here in Australia.
Commonly associated with a beachy, holiday feeling and laid-back destinations such as the Palm Springs, they were so widely used that they can still be found around the world. After the post-war high pint, breeze blocks fell out of favour and languished for the next fifty odd years.
Now their popularity has returned again and we cant get enough of them. At the 2016 House Awards, the “Best House under 200 metres squared” by James Rusell Architect won an award because if its “skin of delicate breezeblocks” described by the awards jury as having a “sublime, ephemeral quality.”
The return of the breeze block can be attributed to both their functionality and their appearance. You can make permeable walls out of timber or sheet materials or even bricks, but you won’t get quite the same effect as breeze blocks provide – a durable screen which is private and secure, offers sun shading and weather protection and ventilation as seen in our Empire and Sierra Vista homes. They also have the added bonus of being pleasing to the eye. A breeze block screen wall can be a beautiful thing – the pattern of each individual block adding to a larger pattern, when they’re used in mass.