Creative uses of a timeless classic – brick
Brick, the most traditional of building materials, has remained popular for thousands of years. Strong, durable, versatile, thermal-retentive, easy to use; the list of benefits goes on. But a traditional material does not have to mean a traditional design; here are five buildings that prove there’s still life in the humble brick.
1. Termitary House, Vietnam
Built in the coastal city of Da Nang, which sees extreme weather conditions including tropical storms, brick was chosen for its durability and prevalence in local architecture – demonstrated in the remains of the city’s ancient Champa baked-brick towers.
Inspired by the city’s termite nests, the architects designed a cube-shaped house perforated with thousands of holes made from gaps in the brickwork. A large common space with a kitchen, dining area, and sitting area occupies the centre of the house and connects a lounge, living room, and bedroom. The mezzanine provides an additional bedroom, an altar room, and a library, while the top floor offers a veranda. Designed for three occupants, the house has almost no partitions, with the only private spaces found in the altar room and the bedroom.
Photos: www.khonggiannhietdoi.com © HiroyukiOki
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