Design in Brick!

Brick Architecture has gained more popularity in modern designs and it continues to shine with an age-old beauty and charm. Traditional clay bricks that evolved into a variety of types, sizes and shapes have opened a new spectrum of opportunities for construction.

Ranked as one of the oldest building materials, brick is durable, possesses good insulation properties and has good fire resistance. Moreover, brick is a mandatory building material in more than 90% of constructions and therefore cost-effective.

Brick as a material can be used for cladding, flooring, and partitions along with just being an element in civil construction. Hollow bricks are also used for external cladding and decorative purposes.

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How can a brick be used in Architectural design?

Bricks can be arranged in various bonds to create voids and interesting facade patterns. The slight color differences in the original shade of brick are also responsible for creating a graphical pattern on the interiors, which can be combined with other elements like textures and tints.

There are different designs and sizes which are available in hollow bricks which are customized and molded in a specific way as the project might require. These exposed brick walls are then covered with colors or left untouched so as to design raw earthly spaces.

Here are some ways to incorporate brick into your spaces!

  1. Build a brick envelope!

Yes, this is indeed true! Perforated patterns created by brick bonds around the standing structure can act as a giant blanket around a building. This needs a clever arrangement of the selected bricks with clear edges and the same sizes, under-skilled labor. There can be a hundred different ways to achieve the desired envelope in brick, one of the ways is the use of hollow bricks or customized blocks. Additionally, these envelopes will cut direct glaze into your interior spaces but add a game of light and shadows throughout the day. They can be completely built around the building or can cover a part of it according to the pattern selected.

  1. Brick cladding- an old concept in a new box!

Designing a brick cladding can do a lot more than just adding texture. There are various designs of hollow blocks that have tinted appearance and crisp edges that can add to the ambiance of any space. These could be arranged monotonously or could just be adjusted according to the desired graphical pattern.

Brick cladding is done to create elevational patterns and interior features. These have to be installed according to the specifications to achieve desired effects.

  1. Flooring across your spaces.

Bricks can also be used as flooring materials generally on the exteriors and in large spanned spaces. The bricks used as flooring are thinner than the usual construction blocks and are used like paver-blocks. These can be arranged in various patterns to create a series of flooring patterns. They also can be used in landscaping as the absorption of water by brick is quick and can add to space than any exterior tiling. Huge campuses with brick flooring help in reducing the material cost as they are cheaper and durable.

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  1. Brick facades and partitions:

Exterior facade and interior partitions can be made semi-transparent by using brick patterns. Customized engraved bricks are also used to achieve beautiful facades and can be altered using various tints. Dark grey, red-brown and ochre shades are most common while designing and partitions or facades. Clay bricks can be made in thin shell modules to be installed as a facade feature.

  1. Brick arches:

Brick arches have been a part of Architectural design for ages now! There are great temples, churches as well as mosques which have huge brick arches that symbolize their time and style of Architecture.

They can be built at large entrances, windows and single way partitions. There are region-specific arches that have existed in households for centuries and they continue to be a part of our designs. Standalone arches make a good option to create gateways in parks, campuses, etc.

  1. Brick in Interior Design:

The use of brick in interior purposes has significantly increased since the last decade. They can be a part of single-piece furniture pieces, office interiors, and residential decor. Bricks can be used to create interesting graphical arrangements to build tables and counter-tops.

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Ankita Shimpi is an Architect and takes interest in Art, Design and Content Writing. She believes in Exploring and Understanding various aspects of Architecture and technology. Now, being a content writer with, she aspires to share her research and knowledge ranging from Architectural theory, history, technologies and Building materials with all of you!

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