How to Make Brick Walls Using Less Bricks

Regia Marinho
4 min readJun 14, 2020

Is there an engineer available that makes a long wall?

Wavy brick walls use fewer bricks than straight walls.

A straight line isn’t always the best.

“Is that it?”
“No. That’s a wall.”
“It could be disguised.”
“You’re not very good at looking for things, are you?”
“I’m good at looking for walls. Look, I found another one.”
― Derek Landy, Kingdom of the Wicked

To build a garden wall is better to make a serpentine wall. They are also known as ribbon walls.

Did you know that wavy walls are actually cheaper to build, and stronger?

The serpentine wall is quite popular in England.

Used more as garden walls, their curved appearance is more than just for aesthetics.

This wall saves on bricks, even with its sinuous configuration, because it can be made with just one thick brick.

If such a thin wall were made in a straight line, it would fall easily.

The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.

This is because their curved form provides enough stability so that just one layer of bricks can be used.

If a straight wall used the same number of bricks, it would quickly fall over.

Crinkle crankle walls resist horizontal forces, like wind, more than straight wall would.

The amount of material used in the wall is proportional to the product of its length and thickness.

These walls have a long history dating back to the 18th century.

They’re popular in Suffolk with twice as many examples as the rest of the UK.

Serpentine walls can also be found in the United States.

The most famous example of a serpentine wall is at the University of Virginia, where Thomas Jefferson incorporated them into the architecture.

Thomas Jefferson adapted a well-established English style of the construction of walls.

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