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Creative uses of a timeless classic – brick

16.11.2017
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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photos: www.khonggiannhietdoi.com © HiroyukiOki

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