Architectural terracotta is an ancient form of masonry
According to the article published in Architect Magazine by Mike Jackson (2017), ‘Architectural terracotta is an ancient form of masonry that is still used extensively today.
Terra-cotta literally means “fired earth,” a nod to the process of turning clay into a durable product used in pottery, floor tiles, and roofing. And the ability of glazed terracotta tiles, hung on a steel frame, to imitate expansive masonry walls made the material a popular choice for architectural expression and durability during the early 1900s.
The individual but repetitive nature of the fabrication process made terracotta construction much more economical than carved stone for elaborate building exteriors’.
As far as in this modern time, it is back with varied size of terracotta tiles, terracotta bricks, terracotta louvers and terracotta panels for facades. More recent examples include New York City’s iconic Flatiron building, London’s Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums, and the modern Fuzhou Strait Culture Art Center in Fuzhou, China.
In this modern relevance, this Fuzhou Strait Culture Art Center consists of 5 buildings shaped like petals and arranged as if they were fanning out of the center of the flower.
The entire building’s facade is clad with white a custom-white glazed terracotta panels and glazed terracotta louvers.