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 […]

WE-S Architecten adds diagonal brick extension to Belgian bungalow

A long, thin extension clad in bricks by WE-S Architecten cuts diagonally through the plan of this bungalow in Pittem, Belgium. Ghent-based studio WE-S Architecten disguised the addition, which extends out of both sides of the existing building, by cladding the whole of the facade in red brick. Cut-out reveals of the garage space and […]

Urban Denver building by Tres Birds houses a Japanese restaurant and aeroponic greenhouse

US firm Tres Birds Workshop has topped a Japanese restaurant in Denver, Colorado with a greenhouse featuring soil-free growing towers. The building is located within a block-long, mixed-use development called S*Park, short for Sustainability Park. Local studio Tres Birds Workshop designed the entire development – which encompasses housing, commercial space and urban farming – near […]

Soaring brick archways define Sydney’s Rail Operations Centre

Architecture practice Smart Design Studio and Jacobs have used red brick arches on a “heroic scale” to create the Rail Operations Centre in Sydney, Australia. Nicknamed Red Roc, Smart Design Studio and Jacobs referenced historic train stations for the centre, where all the systems for running and monitoring Sydney’s rail network are housed under one roof. “By […]

TRIAS Architects raises timber Three Piece House on a red brick base

A trio of timber-clad bungalows by TRIAS Architects form Three Piece House in Stockton, Australia, which is raised on a reclaimed brick base to protect it from the sea. Sydney-based TRIAS Architects designed Three Piece House for a family in New South Wales as a simple, single-storey dwelling close to the coast, where there are […]

Tehran apartment block by Fundamental Approach Architects features perforated brick screens

Fundamental Approach Architects has transformed the facade of an eight-storey housing block in Tehran using angular screens of perforated brick. Iranian practice Fundamental Approach Architects, led by Moshen Kazemianfard, reconfigured the interiors of Saadat Abad Residential Building and designed a facade intended to relate better to its urban context. With two storeys sitting below ground […]

Nimtim Architects adds “unpretentious” brick and timber extension to London house

Nimtim Architects has completed an extension called Hive House in south London, featuring red brick walls that complement an exposed geometric timber structure inside. The locally based studio reconfigured the existing ground floor of the Edwardian terraced house, improving the connection between the interior and a long, narrow rear garden. Hive House’s original floor plan […]

Con Form Architects completes London house extension with steel frame at its centre

Steel beams crisscross through the centre of Repoussoir, a house extension that Con Form Architects has completed in London. The London studio was tasked with bringing more light into the Victorian family house. To do this, the architects renovated and extended the ground floor, creating a large open-plan space opening out to the garden. The project sees some […]

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