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Unlimited diversity in design

from a vision to the perfect product

Our strength is to develop innovative, high-performance terracotta facades. These can be found on some of the most striking buildings in the world. In our research and development laboratories, we constantly experiment and test new materials, firing techniques and production processes. This allows us to ensure that our products meet the most stringent requirements for design and quality.

NBK Architectural Terracotta works with architects and designers to bring their projects to the forefront of sustainable construction. Awards such as the German Façade Award confirm the exceptional performance, innovation and dedication with which NBK contributes to take contemporary architecture to new dimensions.

NBK continues to make progress

Our history
Our progress

Since our founding in 1927 the NBK Architectural Terracotta name has been synonymous with Façade innovation within the Architectural community. Throughout our history, NBK’S philosophy has remained the same – our motto “progress through diversity”. Outstanding architecture thrives on creativity, pushing boundaries and having the courage to implement new concepts in design. More…

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Frank Barkow / Regine Leibinger
Frank Barkow / Regine LeibingerArchitects, Berlin
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"Ceramics offer tremendous freedom as a material for façades.Different shapes and colours, technical reproduction for a variety of construction elements and tremendous robustness combined with outstanding temperature and weather resistance."
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Blum
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich BlumArchitect, Münster-London
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"The façade projects involving extruded terracotta from NBK come very close to achieving this vision. Working in collaboration with top-class architects, NBK has demonstrated in countless projects that terracotta can be perfectly shaped and that a rich interplay of texture, colour and reflection can be created through finishing processes such as glazing."
Prof. Johannes Kister
Prof. Johannes KisterArchitekt, Cologne
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"Ceramic is extremely versatile, after all: people coming together to build, in an identity-defi ning act, wherever something is to be created with simple and scarce resources. At the same time, the process of craftsmanship satisfi es a new, aesthetic desire that is as much part of the building process as the simple need to put a roof over our heads."
Sam Potter, MAKE Architects
Sam Potter, MAKE ArchitectsArchitect, London
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"As well as being a highly modern façade material with very special properties bestowed by its natural origin, terracotta is also extremely versatile, expressive adaptable and full of quality. Its malleability and variability present countless opportunities for architects to implement creative concepts and build something truly unmistakeable."
Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton
Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa HuttonArchitects, Berlin
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"The biggest challenge for us is always applying the desired colour to the correct material. We visited NBK on several occasions during this process. The process remained dynamic to the very end, as no single colour can be approved before the others since every colour influences the other colours in turn.
Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Wunderling
Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard WunderlingArchitect, Hannover
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"Fire, water and clay. For us architects, the term “ceramic” triggers a host of associations. After all, the production of ceramics – this age-old, constantly evolving and refi ned art – still involves the three basic elements of fi re, water and clay. "


The new dimension in design

TERRART® terracotta facades have opened up a completely new dimension in facade design. Our ceramic facades are valued by architects around the world for their countless design possibilities and outstanding building performance.


The TERRART® system allows the finest design details in shape, colour, surface structure and glaze to be realized for unique, customized ceramic facades. A new dimension in facade design with urban tradition and modern facades.


Glaze art on the façade

Effect glazes are the „haute couture“ for facades. Now NBK offers a portfolio of glaze finishes that have no boundaries and that can be also expanded at any time by the wishes and demands of architects and building owners.

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