Kennedy & Violich adds copper-clad volume to the top of a Harvard building

Kennedy & Violich Architecture has enlarged a 1970s brick building at Harvard University by creating two new levels topped with a pitched roof. Kennedy & Violich added two new storeys and an angled copper roof to Harvard’s Tozzer Library, which has been renamed the Tozzer Anthropology Building. Encompassing 35,000 square feet (3,250 square metres), the expanded […]

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Jack Woolley’s Spiral House is hidden behind a simple brick wall

A brick wall almost completely conceals this small courtyard house that London architect Jack Woolley has completed on a former garden site in south London (+ slideshow). The single-storey building was designed to have a minimal impact on the surrounding properties, so it is largely hidden behind the brick boundary wall that forms its street-facing elevation. It […]

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Jakarta office block by Wahana Architects features trailing planting and an underground passage

Wahana Architects used a combination of red brick, perforated metal and slatted timber to provide different levels of exposure for each floor in the PS-26 Office in Jakarta, Indonesia (+ slideshow). The Indonesian studio designed the PS-26 office for a corner plot in midtown Jakarta. To provide an oasis from the hubbub of the city, the architects […]

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Phillips Tracey replaces a derelict London dental surgery with a simple brick house

A brick wall conceals the majority of this two-storey house that Phillips Tracey Architects has slotted between a pair of heritage-listed buildings in south London (+ slideshow). Previously the site of a derelict dental surgery, the Lansdowne Gardens property follows the form of the original building – creating the illusion of a one-storey structure from street level. “From […]

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Tribe Studio Architects adds contemporary brick extension to a 1920s Sydney bungalow

Square windows and a matching door puncture the dark brick facade of this extension to a 1920s house in a Sydney suburb, designed by local office Tribe Studio (+ slideshow). House Boone Murray is located on a typical street in the Australian capital’s North Randwick neighbourhood, where many of the properties are protected by heritage status. Tribe Studio was […]

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Updated Pinterest board: bricks

Architects are increasingly using bricks to create unique, dramatic and textured architectural effects, so we’ve updated our dedicated Pinterest board. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more brick-built architecture

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Today we like: handmade bricks

Architects are beginning to rediscover the potential of handmade bricks, which offer subtle colour variations and a wider variety of textures than the standard mass-produced version. Recent examples include an asymmetric house in Belgium, a canal-side development in London with zigzagging rooflines, and two projects in Rwanda – a housing complex for healthcare workers and an education centre. Explore more brick […]

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Home in Belgium by Joris Verhoeven features handmade bricks and a lopsided roof

Architect Joris Verhoeven chose hand-moulded bricks for the walls of this asymmetric gabled house in the Belgian village of Riel (+ slideshow). Verhoeven, who is based in nearby Tilburg, designed the two-storey residence, named RielEstate, for a contractor. The aim was to create a house that puts a playful spin on the traditional architecture of the […]

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Bricks, doors and roof tiles recycled by Phooey Architects for Melbourne house extension

The walls of this extension to a house in Melbourne feature a mismatched pattern of bricks and roof slates, sourced when part of the original building was demolished (+ slideshow). Designed by Melbourne-based Phooey Architects, Cubo House is a new two-storey rear extension and basement for a couple with two young children. It provides more space for […]

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Matthew Lloyd builds decorative brick homes around a 19th-century London church

Diamond-patterned brickwork helps this trio of high-rise apartment blocks in east London blend in with the historic 19th-century church that it surrounds (+ slideshow). Local studio Matthew Lloyd Architects designed the buildings to host 27 new flats, a shop and a community hall for the St Mary of Eton Church, a heritage-listed Anglican church near the Olympic Park in Hackney Wick, east London. The red brick […]

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Chequered brickwork brings unity to a Cambridge housing community by Proctor and Matthews

Patterned brickwork reveals the entrances to all homes in this development near Cambridge, England, designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects to bring a sense of continuity to the large site (+ slideshow). Abode at Great Kneighton is a new development of 306 homes just outside Cambridge, ranging from studio apartments to five-bedroom houses. Although the buildings features […]

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Omgeving’s black brick library in Zoersel is subdivided into smaller blocks

The front and rear facades of this library in Zoersel, Belgium, have been divided up into house-sized volumes to help the large building fit into its residential context (+ slideshow). Bibliotheek Zoersel was designed by Antwerp studio Omgeving for a plot in the town’s historic centre, which is undergoing major redevelopment following the introduction of a bypass that has displaced the majority […]

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Honeyman + Smith Architects adds a hillside-hugging extension to an Australian farmhouse

The two elongated wings that make up this extension to an Australian farmhouse are set into the side of a hill, connected by a stairwell that offer views straight through its middle (+ slideshow). Melbourne-based Honeyman + Smith Architects designed the addition to increase the size of a residence on a working farm in the Harkaway district, south-east of the city. […]

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SO-IL adds decorative brick entrance to Tina Kim Gallery gallery in Manhattan

Brooklyn studio SO-IL has used corbelled brickwork to create a textured entrance to an art gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Located on West 21st Street in Manhattan, the Tina Kim Gallery sits at the centre of an arts district near the High Line park. The two-storey, century-old brick building formerly housed the Casey Kaplan gallery, which moved out last year. […]

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MM++ Architects replaces the old walls of a Vietnam house with red bricks and pivoting glass

Vietnamese studio MM++ Architects stripped a house back to its concrete frame to create this pared-back open-plan villa featuring red brick walls, pivoting glass doors and leafy gardens (+ slideshow). The renovation works were carried out to Thao Dien House, an old villa located in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s eastern suburbs – an area of […]

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B.E. Architecture completes a trio of red brick houses for the same family

These three brick buildings, featuring deep set windows and internal courtyards, have been arranged by B.E. Architecture around a cobbled lane in the Australian town of Windsor (+ slideshow). Named the McIlwrick Street Residences, the trio of houses were designed by Melbourne-based B.E. Architecture to form a home for several generations of the same family. They interconnect via a series of […]

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Feilden Fowles reinterprets classical typologies for red brick school building in Somerset

Influenced by ecclesiastical and monastic architecture, this school building in Somerset, England features a row of brick gables that sit on top of a concrete colonnade (+ slideshow). Hazlegrove School is a preparatory school founded in 1519 and set in 200 acres of parkland near the village of Sparkford. London architecture office Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles were […]

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Fraher Architects includes textured brick cladding on north London house extension

Slate-grey bricks applied in zigzagging rows give the walls of this London house extension a faceted texture that contrasts the smooth, pale yellow brickwork of the original property (+ slideshow). London-based studio Fraher Architects was asked to carry out renovation works, including the addition of a rear extension, to a basement flat in a north-west London conservation area. The architects selected […]

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Fraher Architects completes an extension with a window that stretches up to the roof

A sliver of glazing stretches all the way up from the ground to the roof of this extension to a west London house, which is named The Lantern in reference to the way it glows at night (+ slideshow). The tall window acts as a spacer between the brickwork of the original house and the new two-storey extension, which was designed […]

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Texan military hospital by RTKL features slatted sun shades based on skin grafts

This military hospital in San Antonio features terracotta brise soleils inspired by strips of grafted skin, which protect burns victims from the intense sun (+ slideshow). The new San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) by architecture and engineering firm RTKL is positioned among a larger campus of red brick buildings. The 70,000-square-metre campus includes an emergency trauma centre, surgical research […]

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Small London home by Satish Jassal Architects is clad in brick both inside and out

This compact brick house in north London by local office Satish Jassal Architects is squeezed onto a small plot at the end of a Victorian terrace, which influenced the use of materials and the facade arrangement (+ slideshow). Haringey Brick House was designed by Satish Jassal Architects for a client who wanted to make use […]

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Textured brick and concrete house in Sydney encloses a garden courtyard

Sydney office Aileen Sage Architects designed this house for one of its partners around a “secret garden” containing a circular patio for outdoor dining (+ slideshow). Aileen Sage Architects is a partnership between Amelia Sage Holliday and Isabelle Aileen Toland, and the Courtyard House – developed for Holliday and her family – is the practice’s […]

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Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London

Tall brick chimney stacks and half gable profiles characterise these east London bungalows by Patel Taylor that are designed to house the area’s retired residents (+ slideshow). London-based architecture studio Patel Taylor, lead by Pankaj Patel and Andrew Taylor, was commissioned by the local council to design the red brick housing scheme in Barking, an area in […]

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Brick grates set into the walls of a Bangkok house hide a series of outdoor spaces

Sections of perforated brickwork set into the walls of this Bangkok residence by local architect Jun Sekino allow light to filter into terraces while screening residents from the street (+ slideshow). Jun Sekino designed Ngamwongwan House for a client and his parents in Bangkhen, one of the 50 districts that make up the Thai capital. The 235-square-metre brick house is split over two […]

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Esher House by Groves Natcheva Architects pairs blue brickwork with red wood

This family home in Surrey, England, is fronted by an asymmetric wall of blue bricks, described by designer Groves Natcheva Architects as a “lighthouse in a sea of green” (+ slideshow). The London-based studio was commissioned to design the three-bedroom home in Walton-on-Thames for a local product designer and his family. Named Esher House, the home is located on a […]

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Protruding brickwork give a ribbed facade to Lezze’s House VR in Belgium

Dark grey bricks alternate between protruding and receding rows to give a ribbed texture to the facade of this family house near Brussels by Belgian studio Lezze (+ slideshow). Lezze designed the four-bedroom home, named House VR, for a plot between two existing properties in Lembeek – a small town 10 miles south west of Brussels. The house boasts a narrow […]

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Protruding brickwork gives a ribbed facade to Lezze’s House VR in Belgium

Dark grey bricks alternate between protruding and receding rows to give a ribbed texture to the facade of this family house near Brussels by Belgian studio Lezze (+ slideshow). Lezze designed the four-bedroom home, named House VR, for a plot between two existing properties in Lembeek – a small town 10 miles south west of Brussels. The house boasts a narrow […]

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Edges Apartments designed by Studio Toggle to resemble a pile of stacked blocks

A facade divided into angled segments creates a sharp pattern of light and shadow across the front of this brick apartment building in Kuwait by local architecture firm Studio Toggle. The Edges Apartments block is situated in the Salmiya district to the south-east of central Kuwait City, and was designed by Studio Toggle to accommodate 20 housing units […]

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Gottlieb Paludan completes four contemporary brick additions to old industrial buildings

Danish firm Gottlieb Paludan Architects has designed a series of substations, cooling plants and waterworks in its home country, all designed to demonstrate modern brickwork techniques (+ slideshow). Gottlieb Paludan Architects has specialised in developing buildings for the energy sector since the 1940s. Tasked with creating a series of new structures in Copenhagen and the […]

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Remodelled London house extension reveals the outline of its predecessor

The sloping roofline of an old extension to a London residence is surrounded by the pale brickwork of its replacement, designed by local studio Tsuruta Architects (+ slideshow). Tsuruta Architects refurbished and extended the end-of-terrace family home in south London, integrating the wall of its formerly mono-pitched rear into a new rectilinear extension. Named House of Trace, the design was intended to reveal […]

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Wangstudio’s F Coffee is a Vietnam cafe made up of 24 brick arches

A grid of 24 red brick arches frames the interior of this Vietnam coffee shop by Wangstudio, which sits between a garden and a reflective pool of water (+ slideshow). Named F Coffee, the small brick cafe occupies a site near the airport in Dong Hoi, a city in Quang Binh Province. Related story: Budapest cafe […]

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Duggan Morris uses simple brickwork and golden steel for canalside housing

The zigzagging rooflines, handmade-brick walls and golden balconies of these Greater London housing blocks by Duggan Morris Architects are all references to the canalside setting (+ slideshow). Duggan Morris was one of three firms chosen to design the first-phase buildings of the Brentford Lock West masterplan – a project to create 520 homes on a former industrial estate […]

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Old upholsterer’s workshop in London transformed into a narrow brick home

London studio Kirkwood McCarthy has renovated a derelict workshop in east London to create a brick house that is tacked onto the end of a narrow mews yard (+ slideshow). Named Winkley Workshop, the three-storey house is owned by Fiona Kirkwood of Kirkwood McCarthy and her fiancé. It extends from a typical street of brick terraced houses into […]
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Twisted roof connects the angular facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus clubhouse

Chinese firm Archi-Union Architects has completed a campus for an art school on the outskirts of Shanghai featuring a clubhouse building with a twisting roof (+ slideshow). Songjiang Art Campus is located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town. It comprises facilities including offices, art studios and social art spaces, interspersed by existing roads, gardens and a river. […]
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Fluted brick walls frame scalloped views of the sky above Thai hotel by Onion

Tall red brick walls with softly scooped outlines frame the passageway that leads guests to their rooms, at this hotel in Thailand by architecture studio Onion (+ slideshow). Bangkok-based Onion designed the 26-bedroom boutique hotel for a site on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Related story: Supermachine Studio adds labyrinthine staircase to seaside park in Thailand It is […]
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Perforated brick house by Tropical Space is based on termites’ nests

Perforated brick walls enclose the concrete structure of an old house in central Vietnam, which has been remodelled by architecture studio Tropical Space (+ slideshow). Vietnamese architects Tropical Space refurbished an old two-storey house occupied by a family of three in Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. Related story: Trees grow on rooftops of Vietnam house by […]
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MUMA unveils glass and brick extensions to Manchester’s Whitworth gallery

The Whitworth gallery in Manchester has reopened following an extensive renovation by London architecture studio MUMA that included the addition of two new glass and brick gallery wings (+ slideshow). MUMA added the two extensions – one glass and stainless steel, and the other red brick – to the rear of the existing 19th-century building located in […]
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H Arquitectes inserts courtyard home between two existing Spanish houses

A red brick wall spans the gap between two crumbling facades on a street in Catalonia, hiding a home by H Arquitectes with two courtyards and a central garden (+ slideshow). Wooden gates slide back from the lower storey of the brick facade, situated just outside Barcelona in the centre of the old city of Granollers, into an enclosed […]
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Indian office block by SPA Design features brick arches and stepped rooftop gardens

Gardens on the terraced roofs of this brick office building in northern India were designed by SPA Design to reference an ancient Indian well and the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon (+ slideshow). The headquarters for clothing sourcing company Triburg was designed by Indian firm SPA Design for a site in an industrial park in Gurgaon, […]
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Villa SR by Reitsema & Partners has a parking space driven through its middle

The owners of this brick house in the Netherlands, by Reitsema & Partners, can drive their car up a shallow ramp into a sheltered parking area that frames a view of the low-lying landscape. Local studio Reitsema & Partners designed the property called Villa SR for a couple in their 50s, who purchased a plot with a view of the […]
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Red-brick boiler room converted into tiny guesthouse by Azevedo Design

San Francisco studio Azevedo Design has squeezed a small guesthouse featuring a glass mezzanine floor into the old red-brick boiler house of a converted laundry. Azevedo Design has managed to cram a living room, kitchen and an en-suite bedroom inside the 1916-built boiler room that adjoins a timber-framed laundry building in San Francisco – despite it having a footprint […]
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RCA graduate Olivia Wright to convert vandalised bottle kilns into pottery preservation centre

Rows of irregularly shaped bricks will create patterns around these three towers that architecture graduate Olivia Wright has designed to transform a derelict and vandalised pottery factory in northern England into a conservation centre. Olivia Wright proposed the renovation for a ruined pottery site in the Burslem region of Stoke-on-Trent for her final project at the Royal Collage […]

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Mud bricks and woven rattan used to build an affordable preschool in Morocco

Architects Nicolas Coeckelberghs and Dorian Vauzelle Mamoth collaborated with local workers in the Moroccan town of Aknaibich to construct this school building using local methods including adobe brickworking (+ slideshow). Nicolas Coeckelberghs from Brussels studio BC Studies and Dorian Vauzelle from the Mamoth Collective were invited by French organisation the GoodPlanet Foundation to oversee the creation […]

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Canteen building by Knowspace features a granite facade “like lychee skin”

Dozens of rectangular openings reveal a glazed inner skin behind the yellow granite facade of this canteen building, designed by German studio Knowspace for a Chinese research campus (+ slideshow). Knowspace designed the two-storey, 660-metre-square building as a dining room and lecture hall for CHEGS – the Center for Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Survey – in […]

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Reiach and Hall adds walled gardens to Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire

A perforated brick wall encloses a series of internal courtyards and gardens at the latest Maggie’s Centre for cancer care, designed by Edinburgh office Reiach and Hall Architects (+ slideshow). The design for Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects seeks to reinstate a sense of boundary and tranquillity to the edge of a […]

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Perforated brick walls filter light into Matthew Gribben’s Five Courts House

The brick exterior of this Sydney house by Matthew Gribben Architecture belies its light-filled interior, which features five secluded courtyards arranged around the perimeter (+ slideshow). Five Courts House was designed by Matthew Gribben Architecture for an older professional couple who wanted space to entertain guests and family, and light-filled areas to pursue their passion for […]

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Johan Celsing’s red-brick crematorium follows the terrain of Asplund’s Woodland Cemetery

This red-brick crematorium was designed by Swedish architect Johan Celsing to blend into its setting in the historic Woodland Cemetery outside Stockholm (+ slideshow). Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor won a competition run by the city of Stockholm to design the new crematorium for the Woodland Cemetery – a Unesco World Heritage Site originally designed by Swedish […]

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