Clever Projects Utilizing Perforated Brick Façades

Brick is one of the most traditional and universal building materials in the world. In some ways, a brick home represents the archetypal house, a symbol of protection and stability — the proverbial house that the wolf could not blowdown. Many of the following projects incorporate brick because it is traditional, enabling architects to create experimental buildings that still blend in with vernacular architecture or to reference traditional domestic spaces within contemporary forms. Although brick is utilitarian, it is bound up in histories and cultures in a way that prevents it from becoming ordinary.

Brick is used all around the world, and not just for its strength and stability. It is a simple and relatively inexpensive material to produce and, being made from the earth, can be sourced almost anywhere. It is also a simple material to build with, further making construction inexpensive and accessible. The following projects rely on brick, especially for these reasons. Many of the houses are built in underserved communities where access to building materials is limited and a skilled labour force is a luxury.

Although brick has been used for millennia and is a very basic material, these projects demonstrate that it can still be used in new and innovative ways. The projects exhibit a masterful understanding of this ancient medium while rejecting assumptions about how it can or cannot be used. Rather than settling for obvious manifestations of strength and security, these architects challenge the material by creating perforated walls and screens, contrasting solidity with openness and rigidity with versatility.

From the Stellaria Desk… We love this article as it describes every reason why we love brick – tradition & timelessness, simplicity, accessibility, design innovation and new techniques derived from the old to give a sense of endless diversity and creativity.

Wasp House by Tropical Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Wasp House by Tropical Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ngamwongwan House by Junsekino Architecture & Design, Bangkok, Thailand

Ngamwongwan House by Junsekino Architecture & Design, Bangkok, Thailand

Termitary House by Tropical Space, Da Nang, Vietnam

Termitary House by Tropical Space, Da Nang, Vietnam

Termitary House by Tropical Space, Da Nang, Vietnam

Termitary House by Tropical Space, Da Nang, Vietnam

Reference: Architizer 

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