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Brick Architecture

 Exploration: Brick Architecture

The Brick Award is an international architecture prize promoted by the construction materials company Wienerberger, aimed at highlighting the most interesting brick architectures and discussing topics related to the evolution of the construction sector. We traveled to Vienna for the 2024 award ceremony to explore how exceptional and modern brick architecture can be, and to meet some of the most promising design firms at the “Sustainable Horizons” symposium at the MAK.

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Types of Spaces, Spain / Architect, Hanghar, Madrid; Palma, Mexico (c) Luis Diaz Diaz
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[1/6] FEELING AT HOME: EQUIPO DE ARQUITECTURA

We spoke with @arquigram and @vivi_pozzoli, based in Asunción (Paraguay). “We work with materials, transform them, and arrange them in various ways to create spaces. We treat light as a material that intensifies and shapes not only the space but also the materials that create it.” In the project The Intermediate House, they focused on the concept of ‘intermediate,’ with high exposed brick walls along the long sides of the building, serving as exterior walls without windows but with storage spaces inside. Simple materials, ecological construction, and varied zones make the house exemplary.

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Intermediate House, Paraguay / Architect, Equipo de Arquitectura, Asunción (c) Federico Kulekdjian

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Intermediate House, Paraguay / Architect, Equipo de Arquitectura, Asunción (c) Federico Kulekdjian

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[2/6] LIVING TOGETHER: ESTUDIO ARQTIPO

“Our mission is to create architecture that interprets the needs of society, promotes reflection on what is established, and challenges us in a quasi-experimental research in each project.” This was exemplified in M 5605, a six-story building with ten residential units in the northwest of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Addressing the challenges of collective urbanization, such as space scarcity, energy efficiency, and climate resilience, the building features compact plans with open kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Its distinctive feature is the periscope balconies protruding from the facade, providing shaded outdoor spaces and blending with the public space.

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M 5605, Argentina / Architect, Estudio Arqtipo, Buenos Aires (c) Federico Kulekdjian

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M 5605, Argentina / Architect, Estudio Arqtipo, Buenos Aires (c) Federico Kulekdjian

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M 5605, Argentina / Architect, Estudio Arqtipo, Buenos Aires (c) Federico Kulekdjian

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[3/6] WORKING TOGETHER: GRAFTON ARCHITECTS & O’MAHONY PIKE

“The distinctive features of the project are summarized in two elements: the intertwining of built and green areas and the perforated brick facade oriented towards the urban context.” In the Georgian quarter of Dublin (Ireland), sixteen terraced houses were replaced in the 1960s by an office complex, now transformed into the new headquarters of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). The headquarters integrates landscape elements into its design, creating a pleasant microclimate and public passages between streets. Prefabricated concrete elements and traditional brick facades connect the building to the historical context, blending a sense of familiarity and modernity.

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Electrical Supply Board Headquarters, Ireland / Architect, Grafton Architects & O Mahony Pike, Dublin (c) Alice Clancy / Ste Murray / Ros Kavanagh

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Electrical Supply Board Headquarters, Ireland / Architect, Grafton Architects & O Mahony Pike, Dublin (c) Alice Clancy / Ste Murray / Ros Kavanagh

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[4/6] SHARING PUBLIC SPACES: HANGHARPALMA

We moved to Concéntrico, an annual festival held in Logroño (Spain) that encourages people to consciously experience the city and discover normally overlooked urban places. On the site of a former tobacco factory, a narrow passage leading to a chimney hosted six geometric structures made of thermal bricks, creating a unique experience. Despite its linearity, the high walls gave the installation (now removed) a labyrinthine character, while the brick fragment-covered floor enriched the sensory perception.

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International Rugby Experience, Ireland / Architect, Níall McLaughlin Architects, London (c) Nick Kane

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International Rugby Experience, Ireland / Architect, Níall McLaughlin Architects, London (c) Nick Kane

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International Rugby Experience, Ireland / Architect, Níall McLaughlin Architects, London (c) Nick Kane

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[5/6] BUILDING OUTSIDE THE BOX: NÍALL MCLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS

Tom McGlynn talks about how rugby is the national sport in Ireland, and therefore how the idea of an event and exhibition center dedicated to this sport in Limerick was an exciting assignment. “Inspired by the fans of the Munster rugby team and the churches of Limerick, the Rugby Experience stands like a cathedral, respecting the Georgian quarter with its brick surfaces and formal elements.” The building extensively uses bricks both inside and outside, integrating concrete and steel elements of the same red color.

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Types of Spaces, Spain / Architect, Hanghar, Madrid; Palma, Mexico (c) Luis Diaz Diaz

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Types of Spaces, Spain / Architect, Hanghar, Madrid; Palma, Mexico (c) Luis Diaz Diaz

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Types of Spaces, Spain / Architect, Hanghar, Madrid; Palma, Mexico (c) Luis Diaz Diaz

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[6/6] KALEIDOSCOPIC IDEAS: SUSTAINABLE HORIZONS SYMPOSIUM

On the sidelines of the award ceremony, we went to the @mak_vienna (Stubenring 5, Vienna), the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, directed by @lillihollein [Read here the interview]. It was an opportunity to delve into concepts related to the evolution of contemporary architecture, thanks to a symposium titled “Sustainable Horizons: Advancing Architecture Through Scalable Innovations.” On stage were architects @jenniferbeningfield di @openstudioarchitects, @gabcarrillo of @t.gabrielacarrillo, @linnet.jens of @bogl_landscape, @boonserm_premthada of Bangkok Project Studio and art historian @vhej.

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