Brickwork Architecture and Design | Collage by Yellowtrace.

 

Had you asked me a few years ago how I felt about brick, I may have pulled a rather unenthused expression. For the longest time, bricks lived in the same brain cell as bad developer houses from the 90s. Oh, how things have changed. I am now an obsessive convert. I’ve come to realize the immense magic of that modular block and its infinite possibilities.

 

Brickwork Architecture and Design

Theresia Bastion by Archaeus. Photo by Stefan Tuchila via ArchDaily.

VM House by Vincent Van Duysen // via yellowtrace

VM House by Vincent Van Duysen, Image via Vincent Van Duysen.

Villa Rotondo by Bedaux de Brower Architecten // via yellowtrace

Villa Rotondo by Bedaux de Brower Architecten. Photo by Michael Kievits via designboom.

National Parliament Principality of Liechtenstein by Hansjoerg Goeritz Architekturstudio // via yellowtrace

National Parliament Principality of Liechtenstein by Hansjoerg Goeritz Architekturstudio. Photo by Jürg Zürcher via ArchDaily.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

 Buda Art Centre by 51n4e. Photo by Filip Dujardin via 51n4e.

Saint Brides Church by Gillespie Kidd Coia, 1963 // via yellowtrace

Saint Brides Church by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, 1963. Photo by Torjus Dahl via A Daily Dose of Architecture.

 

In all honesty, some of the simplest, classic stretcher bond walls get me the most excited. Bricks are capable of providing monolithic, grand gestures whilst simultaneously maintaining a tactile, human scaled quality.

Then there are countless examples of intricately interlocking brick patterns, creating delectable architectural tapestries.

 

Casa Antoniz by Marcelo Villafane // via yellowtrace

Casa Antoniz by Marcelo Villafane. Photo by Nicholas Campodonico via homedsgn.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

Brick Pattern House by Alireza Mashhadmirza. Photo via ArchDaily.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

The Curving House by JOHO-Architecture // via yellowtrace

The Curving House by JOHO Architecture . Photo by Sun Namgoong via Dezeen.

Carrum Downs Police Station by Kerstin Thompson Architects // via yellowtrace

Carrum Downs Police Station by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Photo by Peter Bennetts via ArchDaily.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

Pavilion 4 by HMA Architects and Designers. Photo by Gengtao via ArchDaily.

Ijburg House by Marc Koehler Architects // via yellowtrace

Ijburg House by Marc Koehler Architects. Image via Contemporist.

Harold Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows // via yellowtrace

Harold Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo by John Gollings via ArchDaily.

Poroscape by Younghan Chung Studio Archiholic // via yellowtrace

Poroscape by Younghan Chung Studio Archiholic. Photo by Yeakyung Kim via designboom.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

Lanxi Curtilage by Archi Union Architects. Photo by SHEN Zhonghai via ArchDaily.

 

Taking things a step further, there are those projects that command your attention with their feats of engineering gymnastics.

In summary, bricks are friggin awesome and I’m such a fool for ever questioning it.

 

Ecumenical Forum, Hafencity by Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch // via yellowtrace

Brickwork Architecture and Design

Ecumenical Forum, Hafencity by Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch. Photos via ArchDaily.

Brickwork Architecture and Design

SAHRDC by Anagram Architect. Photo via designboom.

Pope John Paul II Hall by Randic Turato // via yellowtrace

Pope John Paul II Hall by Randic Turato. Photo by Robert Les via ArchDaily.

Iglesia Cristo Obero by Eladio Dieste // via yellowtrace

Iglesia Cristo Obero by Eladio Dieste. Photos via Wazeone.

 

Occasionally, I come across those who still wince at the mere suggestion of bricks. So now I keep a collection of killer brick images in case I need to perform emergency brick-is-awesome-brainwashing. Please enjoy and spread the love.

-Ella.

 

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