The Reemergence of Brick as a Tool for Experimental Architecture

From the Pixel House by Mass Studies & Slade Architecture to the Eladio Dieste's Cristo Obrero Church, new designs with old material

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Brick has long been associated with the architecture of England's industrial north. With very few exceptions, like Uruguay-born architect and engineer Eladio Dieste, most architects over the last two centuries have not discovered any excitement in experimenting with brick. These days, however, the basic unit is making its way back into the spotlight because of its ability to help designers realize their computer-aided constructions.


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Image: John Gollings & Roger Du Buisson.

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