Construction Techniques: 7 Radical Ways to Build with Brick

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” Mies van der Rohe’s words succinctly allude to the raw, fundamental qualities of masonry that have made it one of architecture’s most loved building materials. From Louis Khan to Frank Lloyd Wright, some of the greatest architects of the past century have captured the collective imagination of the world with their remarkable uses of brick, creating some truly iconic buildings with the most humble of mediums. Despite its ancient origins, the varied texture, color and shape of brick causes architects to continuously explore new and unexpected applications that harness this versatile material for the evolving needs of clients. Many of these innovative uses of masonry are detailed via stunning photography in Phaidon’s book of serious architectural eye candy simply entitled Brick. Many of the façades featured can teach us how brick can be utilized to create a building envelope full of color, texture and formal delight. Here, we explore seven approaches adopted by architects in recent times that channel the spirit of the classics while providing a modern twist. This is the best of brick: 1. ...
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