Bell Phillips builds curved white-brick pavilion in a London park

A sweeping, white-brick pavilion in Southwark Park in London by architecture studio Bell Phillips curves along the park‘s historic pathways. Housing a cafe, offices and public amenities, the single-storey pavilion is one element of a wider masterplan for the area by Kinnear Landscape Architects. With a loosely triangular plan, the pavilion’s three convex elevations face […]

Herringbone brickwork covers Chinese restaurant The Tang in New York by New Practice Studio

New York firm New Practice Studio chose red brickwork as the main material for this Chinese noodle bar in the city’s Upper West Side to reference Beijing’s hutongs. The local architecture practice designed the interiors for The Tang – which serves up dishes from Sichuan, Hunan, and Beijing – around a fusion of East and […]

Arch Studio surrounds holiday house in China with covered courtyards

A brick holiday home in Tangshan, China designed by Arch Studio has four external terraces partially sheltered under a pitched roof. Replacing a demolished wooden dwelling, the site is near to an organic food plant and a Buddhist shrine also completed by Arch Studio. Aptly named Courtyard Villa, the holiday home is an inversion of […]

Bernardo Richter arranges his brickwork house in Brazil around a courtyard

Architect Bernardo Richter took cues from a holiday home by Alvar Aalto when designing this brick house in Curitiba, Brazil. Courtyard House is located in a residential condominium in the Brazilian city. Richter, the founder of Brazilian studio Arquea Arquitetos built the one storey, 250 square-metre residence for himself. Richter designed the property to reference […]

Solar panels form canopy over surgical facility in Uganda

The Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Surgical Facility in Uganda by Kliment Halsband Architects is a self-sustaining facility topped with solar panels. Local labourers built the health facility using materials sourced from the area, including red bricks that form the perforated screen walls that allow for natural ventilation. Red clay was dug up from sites near the building […]

Alex Michaelis wraps his London family home with curvy brickwork walls

London architect Alex Michaelis, co-founder of Michaelis Boyd, has designed a home for his family as a “striking, contemporary take on Corbusien modernism”. Michaelis completed the residence for a “challenging long and narrow site” on Blythe Road in West London’s Hammersmith area, in place of a disused garage that was demolished. The creamy brick house’s […]

Nathalie Du Pasquier creates brightly coloured brick sculptures for Mutina

Artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier has translated her fascination with bricks into a site-specific exhibition comprising seven totem-like sculptures made from stacked bricks glazed in bright colours. Du Pasquier created the Bric installation for Italian ceramics brand Mutina, which operates the MUT exhibition space at its headquarters in Fiorano. The exhibition, which was curated […]

LLLab uses red brick and slate for retreat close to the Great Wall of China

Chinese architecture studio LLLab has designed a hotel on the outskirts of Beijing as a village-style complex of buildings made from local brick and slate. The hotel is situated in Beijou Village, a short distance from the Great Wall of China, on a site formerly occupied by a gas station. Called San Sa Village, the […]

31/44 Architects puts a modern spin on a Victorian terrace in south London

31/44 Architects shows how London‘s 19th-century townhouses can be brought into the 21st century, with this three-home development in Peckham. The London-based studio renovated an end-of-terrace property, to create a garden flat and a two-storey maisonette, then added a new-build, three-bedroom house alongside. Called Corner House, the development is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Victorian-era […]

Casa Almudena designed by Jesús Perales to bring a family closer together

Spanish architect Jesús Perales created rooms that overlap in this house in Catalonia, to help the resident family spend more time together. Located near the Baix Penedès vineyards, Casa Almudena is the home of property developers Almudena Álvarez Sánchez and Jorge Ybarra Corpas, and their two children. Perales designed the single-storey property with almost no corridors. Rooms are […]

Round windows of Archery House echo shooting range targets

A wooden shutter slides to uncover the target-shaped window of a brick building in France by architects Boman that provides facilities for an archery range. Called Archery House, the building is located in the greenbelt area of Fontenay-aux-roses on the outskirts of Paris. Measuring just 49-square-metres in size, the building provides space for storage, a […]

Perforated brick facade shades a house in Vietnam with a triple-height atrium

A house in Vietnam by Khuôn Studio is built around a triple-heigh atrium filled with plants and shaded by a perforated facade of grey brick. House for a Daughter in Ho Chi Minh City  is split into two zones, one for a family who will frequently visit the house and another for their daughter who […]

Stanton Williams wraps home in Hampstead in a “textured protective shell”

Deep openings for windows and doors have been “carved out” of the pale brick base of this home in the conservation area of Hampstead, designed by London studio Stanton Williams. Designed for a Swedish-Japanese couple, Fleet House replaces a former 1950s home and adopts the boundary wall typology typical of the area, updating it to be what […]

Clayton & Little carefully updates mid-century Balcones Residence in Austin

Original brickwork, mahogany panelling and a new guest casita are featured in this 1950s Texas dwelling that has been meticulously renovated by local studio Clayton & Little. The Balcones Residence was originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and prominent architect of modern-style homes. The brick dwelling sits adjacent to an historic […]

Morris + Company clads Hampstead retirement home in modulated brick

Morris + Company has completed a retirement living scheme with a bevelled brick facade for developer Pegasus Life in Hampstead, London. Called Belle Vue, the development is sandwiched between the Royal Free Hospital and a series of 19th-century brick residential and civic structures in a conservation area. Belle Vue’s exterior has a textured brick base […]

Moscow furniture factory from the 1980s turned into loft-style apartments

DNK Architecture Group has turned a former furniture factory in Moscow into apartments, replacing prefabricated concrete panel cladding with hand-made bricks. Zinc-framed windows punctuate the facade of handmade clinker bricks, where the clay is fired at high temperatures to produce a shiny surface. The development is called Rassvet Loft Studio after the Rassvet factory that still […]

Bennetts Associates completes new HQ for the Royal College of Pathologists

Angled windows in deep reveals zig-zag across the elevation of Bennetts Associates‘ new brick and concrete home for the Royal College of Pathologists in Aldgate, London. The new build, which occupies the site of a demolished 1980s building, marks the final step in the college’s move from Grade I-listed buildings in St James’ in central London […]

Schemata Architects stacks up red bricks inside South Korea’s first Blue Bottle Coffee cafe

The materiality of Seoul’s architecture informed the interiors of this Blue Bottle Coffee cafe, which Schemata Architects has completed with steel surfaces and red-brick fixtures. The sparsely-decorated cafe is situated in Seoul’s artsy Seongsu neighbourhood, surrounded by craft coffee bars and organic eateries that occupy disused warehouses. This is the first Blue Bottle Coffee cafe […]

Aesop store in south Seoul is a cosy red-brick retreat

Mlkk Studio used reclaimed red bricks to fashion the snug interiors of this Aesop store, which lies behind the intimidating dark-grey facade of a building in Seoul. The two-floor Aesop store – which is longlisted in the 2019 Dezeen Awards –is situated south of central Seoul inside a mixed-used development named Sounds Hannam, which is […]

Thayer Brick House is hidden behind a brick screen

American firms Brooks + Scarpa and Studio Dwell have created a suburban Chicago home with an inner courtyard  screened from the road by “vertical twisting columns” of brick. The Thayer Brick House sits on a leafy street in Evanston, a college town just north of Chicago. Designed for an investment banker, the dwelling occupies a […]

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