6 radical ways to build with bricks

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The Twisting Veil

The Twisting Veil South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre by Anagram Architects, Delhi, India


Harnessing the flexibility of bricks as rotatable modules, Anagram Architects conceived an elevation that allows for ample natural ventilation while reducing noise and providing shade from the intense heat of the Indian sun. Designed for clients with limited resources, the use of brick was ideal for the creation of a highly complex façade at reasonably low cost.

The Rippled Skin 

Mulberry House by SHoP Architects,

New York City, United States

Located on a street corner in Manhattan’s stylish NoLita neighbourhood, SHoP Architect’s black bricks illustrate how a subtle articulation of this material can channel light and shade for a striking architectural aesthetic. The faceted panels are not load-bearing, instead wrapping the building as a contemporary skin that pays tribute to the historic brick façades of the area.

The Singular Chasm

Pabellón Agrícola Almazara Santurde

by Barcena and Zufiaur Arquitectos, Santurde, Spain

This olive oil factory in Northern Spain illustrates how brick can also be used to create distinctive architecture via simple massing and a strong silhouette: the two primary functions of the building are housed within two homogenous volumes split by a single void. These windowless brick façades look solid and smooth from afar but possess a subtle textured quality that provides an added element of richness when viewed up close.

 

6 radical ways to build with bricks

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The Patchwork Pattern

Community Centre Westvleteren by Atelier Tom Vanhee, Poperinge, Belgium


In many renovations and extensions, hours are spent attempting to match the varied texture and colour of bricks to knit together old and new. However, Atelier Tom Vanhee elected to go in the opposite direction with this community centre in Belgium, expressing additions and subtractions with the use of contrasting bricks that celebrate the evolution of a building over the course of many years.

The Perforated Grid

ABC Building by WISE Architecture, Seoul, South Korea

WISE Architecture’s office building in Seoul, South Korea, combines the homogenous, sculptural qualities of Pabellón Agrícola Almazara Santurde with the permeable nature of the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre. Bricks were laid with slight gaps for certain parts of the façade, allowing light and air to filter through to walkways hidden behind layers of black brick.

The Pixelated Pod

Pixel House by Mass Studies and Slade Architecture, Tanhyeon-myeon, South Korea


Slade Architecture’s Korean home for a young family reveals the versatility of brick as a modular element, speaking to the fluid complexity of architecture in the digital era. As the firm describes, “The bricks provide a very tangible sense of scale and of the making, the process of turning the abstract into the real … the number of pixels determines the smoothness of a digital image; the smoothness of this house is determined by the brick module — the result is a 9,675-pixel house, where 1 Pixel = 1 Brick.”

 
 
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