The CBA represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Southern Africa.

We inspire sustainable, contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

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Contemporary Brick Homes

Brick walls in contemporary architecture – that seems to be a contradiction. But the last few years have seen architects and homeowners gravitate towards the classic brick wall whenever they need texture, individuality and timeless charm to offset drab, flat concrete panels. The exposed brick wall in the living room is an expression of the rich, historic past of the building and a blend of the past and the present. For others, it is a way to add light effects, colour, texture and personality to an otherwise boring interior dominated by shiny steel and glass.

Curved Walls, Arches & Domes

Many contemporary buildings are characterised by the imaginative use of curves, playing with elements of light and shadow that change throughout the day. Curved walls are often conceived as an aesthetic feature but there are also structural advantages such as wind flow and the ability to resist lateral or compression loads.

Top Projects - Affordable & Density Housing

Examples of high-density residential complexes, and Affordable residential housing using clay brick for architectural detail or structure.

Top Projects - Social Infrastructure

Social infrastructure project enhance our public spaces, and serve the community with hospitals, clinics, libraries, municipal buildings, schools and universities. Safe & secure clay brick masonry ensures a lasting legacy for social infrastructure. Brick masonry is energy-efficient, with excellent noise insulation and maximum fire ratings.

Special shapes, special projects

Specially shaped bricks provide an aesthetic visual appeal and unique design elements. For inspiration, this gallery shows South African residential and commercial buildings using special shapes. Corners, radials, bullnoses, sloped sills, headers, coping caps angles, curves, and other dramatic effects result in signature residential and commercial architecture. For playgrounds, schools or swimming pools, bricks with rounded edges provide safety benefits. Sill and coping arrangements protect wall brick beneath windows, doors or wall caps.

Barbeques, Braais & Firepits

Brick braais are perfect for a large patio. A braai is not a difficult project, and you should be able to complete it in a weekend.

Top Projects - Paving

Clay brick pavers are the material of choice for their natural beauty, durability and superior colour retention even when wet.  The timeless, earthy look and inherent durability of clay brick pavers withstands centuries of use. However, these are just some of the numerous benefits of the environmentally sustainable product.

Beautiful Brickwork

When it comes to the look and feel of homes, the materials used for exterior walls matter more than you might realize. But brick is unique in at least one way. Brick can be both simple and plain but also decorative and unusual. It all depends on how its used.

The most impressive brick buildings are often over 75 years old - brick houses last. But this trend is returning and contemporary houses are using the three elements of colour, texture and pattern in ways that add enduring beauty.

CBA SA Education

Top Projects - Residential

2019 AGM - Mardi Gras

Our Mardi Gras evening was both entertaining and educational, as sponsors were available to discuss their products and services.

Thank you to photographer Natasha Bird!

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Brick Art

Brick is used creatively in artworks around the world, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of brick as a construction design material.

Educational Videos

DIY Paving Project Ideas

A brick-in-sand patio is easy to build and requires just a few basic skills. It’s a great way to expand the living area of the home, provide an entertainment area for family and friends and increase the value of your home. The same brick-in-sand method can be used to provide a convenient, flat pathway keeps your feet out of the mud on a rainy day.

Heritage Buildings of the World

Clay brick has been used in famous heritage buildings throughout the centuries

Inspiration - Exposed brick

Exposed masonry designs define one of the latest trends in modern homes, adding character by creating stunning accents that enrich the design whatever its inspiration.

In the 90’s, brick finishes were used to bring construction and long term maintenance costs down. While faux concrete bricks were cheapest, natural clay facebrick has always been popular for luxury suburban homes.

CBA SA Tradeshows

Gala Dinner Individual Photos

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2019 AGM & Conference

Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers & delegates!

We were supported by 67 conference delegates, and a total of 112 people.  On behalf of the CBA Board of Directors, thank you to all our organisers, sponsors, speakers and delegates who made this an unforgettable and fun event.  Thank you to our host Johan and the regional Mpumalanga team and especially to organisers Mariana and Marnie.

Top Projects - Commercial

Top commercial buildings that use brick as part of their architectural design or structure.

Top Projects - Schools

Innovative clay brickwork

Local clay brick is arranged in an authentic, artisanal geometric pattern, using repetition to create continually changing light and shadows throughout the day.  This house incorporates natural lighting through the lattice and window openings.   The clay brick with warmth and character to the unusual split-gable reinforced concrete, glass and steel structure.

2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence in Architecture

The 2015/2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence in Architecture are the highest accolade to be given to an architectural projects in South Africa. Read more

Contemporary Brick Living Spaces

The exposed brick wall in living areas can come in a wide array of forms and natural hues - it harmonises with styles ranging from industrial to shabby chic from contemporary and classic.

Exposed brick wall designs are trendy interior design ideas. Brick wall designs add drama and effectively change the look of rooms, adding unique and spectacular appearance to accent walls.

2019 AGM - Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 Honorary Member Nico Mienie - thank you for your support and service over the decades.

Well done to all prize winners and new members and thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to photographer Natasha Bird!

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