Photographic Exhibition Highlights The Relationship Between Brick And The Dutch

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The Netherlands Builds in Brick is one of the latest exhibitions at Het Nieuwe Instituut (formerly the NAi) in Rotterdam. It seeks to modify the “assumed triumph of Modernism” in the interwar period, drawing upon two photographic collections from the Institute’s extensive archives. The has been curated to highlight that brick remained the favoured construction material throughout the advocacy of the Modernist movement, even for experimental construction.

Brick Award 2016: Call for Entries!

The Wienerberger Award is a biannual architectural award that is presented to outstanding examples of modern and innovative architecture. In 2016, Wienerberger will present this internationally established award for the seventh time, and the award is now open for submissions. Architecture critics, journalists and for the first time also architects themselves can submit projects online until March 31, 2015. The official Brick Award ceremony will take place in Vienna in spring 2016.

The Award acknowledges innovative brick buildings of international quality that show the varied and diverse ways brick can be used in contemporary architecture. At the same time, the award, and in particular the accompanying architectural book, gives people with an interest in architecture, as well as experts, an overview of current developments and trends in international brick architecture with its remarkable range of applications.

Surface As Sculpture: Henry Moore’s Brick Reliefs In Rotterdam

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In 1954 British sculptor Henry Moore was commissioned to design and install a large wall relief into Joost Boks’ new bouwcentrum (Construction Centre) in the Dutch city of . The project, pieced together with approximately 16,000 hand-carved Dutch bricks, stands as the sculptor’s only work completed in the humble material. In a short documentary film produced by ARTtube, architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout narrates the fascinating story behind Wall Relief No.1.

AD Round Up: Classics in Brick

Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Samuel Ludwig

As one of the most ubiquitous forms of construction, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the humble brick. However, this prosaic building method can also be one of the most versatile available to architects, thanks to the experimentation of countless architects who, for centuries, have worked to create new forms of expression with the simple material. In this round up, we celebrate architects who, with their architectural classics, have expanded the possibilities of brick craft: Antoni Gaudí‘s fantastical vaulting at Colònia Güell and Alvar Aalto‘s experimental brick patterning at his house in Muuratsalo; the powerful brick piers of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo‘s Knights of Columbus Building and the Catalan vaults of Porro, Garatti and Gattardi’s National Arts School of Cuba; and finally, what brick round up would be complete without the brick-whisperer himself - Louis Kahn and his all-brick fortress for the Indian Institute of Management.

Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and Ireland, has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using in 14 different categories.  Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid ArchitectsSerpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio‘s Ace Hotel and Mecanoo‘s The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Brick Transformed: The 2014 Wienerberger Brick Award Winners

All of the Winners use the material in innovative, imaginative and beautiful ways. Image © Marko Huttunen

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The 2014 Wienerberger Brick Award Winners exemplify brick’s potential in contemporary architecture, transforming the common brick into something spectacular. This year’s jury featured 2012 Pritzer winner Wang Shu, who commented on the “spatial and secret” feeling of the Grand Prize Winning Kantana Film and Animation Institute. See all seven winners after the break.

VIDEO: In Boston, Reclaiming the Craft of Brick

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Our friends at Mecanoo have shared a fascinating mini-documentary exploring the complex brickwork on display in their latest project in Boston’s Dudley Square, the Dudley Municipal Center(nearing completion). Called “Boston Bricks with a Dutch Touch,” this documentary features interviews with everyone involved in the project – from construction workers to architects – and focuses on the difficulty of using in this elaborate manner. Enjoy the video above and check out some fantastic images after the break.

Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we’ve coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer’s sinuous use of concrete to Kengo Kuma‘s innovative use of , which define some of the world’s best known architects?

Bricks Grown From Bacteria

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A unique biotechnology start-up company have developed a method of growing bricks from nothing more than bacteria and naturally abundant materials. Having recently won first place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation ChallengebioMason has developed a method of growing materials by employing microorganisms. Arguing that the four traditional building materials – , glass, steel and – both contain a significant level of embodied energy and heavily rely on limited natural resources, their answer is in high strength natural biological cements (such as coral) that can be used “without negative impacts to the surrounding environment.”

Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona

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“Bricktopia”, by the architects of the international collective , is the winning project in the “Build-it” Eme3 International Architecture Festival,held on June 27-30 in Barcelona. The pavilion can be visited throughout the summer at the square of the former spinning mill Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district.

This intervention sets a new square which can house different activities, both under the pavilion and around it. Public spaces for bathrooms, sun, bar and stage for enjoying the summer 2013. It is a domed structure that employs the traditional construction system of a partitioned vault (or “Catalan vault”) computed with new digital tools for the structural optimization of the geometry.

More information and images below.

Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick

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In this jaunty little clip, Louis Kahn stresses the importance of honoring your  to a group of students at the University of  Pennsylvania. 

Estonia-born in 1901, Louis Kahn had a steadfast belief that all materials had their own destiny and wouldn’t tolerate any attempt to deviate from that. During the age of clean and the use of cutting edge materials, his architecture was often dismissed for being overly symbolic and heavily venerating buildings of the past. Influenced by the arid nature of many of his sites, Kahn’s buildings often took the form of cavernous brick shells with large geometrical cut outs, which he would like to describe them – in his bizarre Kahn-way - as ruins in reverse.

Here are a few of Kahn’s intriguing brick creations:

For more information about Kahn and his brick channeling abilities you can read this rather excellent article by the Guardian’s Olly Wainwright, entitled “Louis Kahn: the brick whisperer“. 

AD Round Up: Brick Architecture

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For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature  in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the great Pope John Paul II Hall by Randić & Turato, a building designed for Pope’s visit to Rijeka, Croatia. Also, check out Three Courtyard Community Centre by chinese practice AZL architects or Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia, designed by Rudanko + Kankkunen . Revisit, De Eekenhof, a housing project in Amsterdam by Claus en Kaan Architekten. Finally, is never late to review the Indian Institute of Management by , one of our AD Classics.

Mediatheek Delft / Dok Architecten

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Architecture Firm: Dok Architekten
Architect: Liesbeth van der Pol
Location:  centrum--Vesteplein 100-2611 WG , The Netherlands
Design Team: P. Cannon, M. Hardonk, R. Bos, A. Koch, A. Derksen
Client: Gemeente Delft 
Photographer: Arjen Schmitz 

   

AD Round Up: Brick Houses Part III

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For today’s Round Up we have some great houses previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss:  The Concave House located at the downtown area in Benxi,China or Qb Design’s Split Level House in Philadelphia. Check out the House VdB in and Brick-Weave House by Studio Gang Architects. Finally, revisit the Brick House designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.

AD Classics: Melnikov House / Konstantin Melnikov

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The Melnikov House by architect Konstantin Melnikov is a classic residence that represents the forefront of the 1920’s Russian avant-garde. Located on Krivoarbatsky Lane in the then trendy district of Arbat, Moscow on an open lot, its aesthetics differ dramatically from traditional Soviet residential architecture. More details after the break.

AD Classics: Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto

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Soon after the passing of his wife in 1949, Alto began the design for a summer getaway for himself on the western shore of island , Finland. Through the process of designing the house, it became an experimental study of materiality, architecture construction and philosophies.

More on ‘s Experimental House after the break.

 

Pilgrim Route Refuge / Luis Aldrete

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Architects: Luis Aldrete
Location: ,
Project Team: Magui Peredo, Cynthia Mojica
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Francisco Perez

Indiana Convention Center Expansion / RATIO Architects

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Architect: RATIO Architects
Location: Indianapolis, ,
Project Area: 700,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Zbaren Photography

In 2006, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority selected RATIO Architects to create a major expansion to the Indiana Convention Center as a response to ongoing increased convention and trade show demand. The more than 700,000 sq. ft. expansion includes exhibition space, meeting rooms, and pre-function and support space – all within a tight urban site in the heart of Indianapolis, directly connected to 4,700 hotel rooms and within easy walking distance of restaurants, retail shops and at the head of a new pedestrian/event street. More about the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building after the break.