Walls That Breathe: 7 Buildings Clad in Perforated Bricks

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 blow down. 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 and underprivileged communities, where access to building materials is limited and a skilled labor force is a luxury. Although brick has been used for millennia and is a very basic material, these projects demonstrate that it ...
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