Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick

00:00 - 2 March, 2013

In this jaunty little clip, Louis Kahn stresses the importance of honoring your materials 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 modernism 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 more of Kahn's intriguing brick creations:

National Assembly Building of Bangladesh Indian Institute of Management Exeter Library First Unitarian Church of Rochester +5

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". 

RC House / Esc Arquitectos

20:00 - 12 December, 2012
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: Esc Arquitectos Location: MTZ, Veracruz, México Design And Construction: Rafael Ojeda Núñez Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes +23

John W. Olver Transit Center / Charles Rose Architects

12:00 - 13 October, 2012
© Peter Vanderwarker
© Peter Vanderwarker

Architects: Charles Rose Architects Location: Greenfield, MA, USA Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 24,000 sqm Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

© Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker +21

Center for High Performance Athletics in Jamor / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

14:00 - 4 October, 2012
Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Location: Lisbon, Portugal Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos +31

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

02:00 - 4 October, 2012
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: ACXT Location: Huesca, Spain Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera +29

Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre / AFO with Architecture for Humanity

20:00 - 1 September, 2012
© Killian Doherty
© Killian Doherty

Architects: Architectural Field Office with Architecture for Humanity Location: Kimisagara, Kigali, Rwanda Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 200.0 sqm Photographs: Killian Doherty

© Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty +22

Städel Museum / Schneider + Schumacher

22:00 - 29 August, 2012
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke

Architects: Schneider + Schumacher Location: Frankfurt, Germany Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 24,726 sqm Photographs: Norbert Miguletz, Christoph Bonke, Kirsten Bucher

© Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke +22

Hotel Gent / Tazu Rous

18:00 - 7 August, 2012
© Dirk Pauwels
© Dirk Pauwels

Architects: Tazu Rous Location: Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein, Gent, Belgium Photographs: Dirk Pauwels

© Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels +32

Plinthos / mab architecture

12:00 - 6 February, 2011
Courtesy Christos Drazos
Courtesy Christos Drazos

Greek architects, mab architecture, have shared with us their interactive, multi sensory pavilion, Plinthos. Additional images, multiple videos and a description of this visually striking project after the break.

AD Round Up: Brick Houses Part II

18:30 - 12 January, 2010

Great brick houses from Europe and Australia make  today’s Round Up. Don’t forget to check the first part of our brick houses selection!

The University of Helsinki City Campus Library / Anttinen Oiva arkkitehdit

14:00 - 8 November, 2009

Architects: Anttinen Oiva Architects Location: Helsinki, Finland Project Manager: Vesa Oiva Collaborators: Jussi Kalliopuska, Selina Anttinen, Antti Lehto Building services consultant: Aila Puusaari, DI, Pˆyry Building Services Oy Construction-engineering consultant: Sami Lampinen, DI, WSP Finland Oy Library consultants: Irma Pasanen, office chief, Library of Helsinki University of Technology / Risto Maijala, library amanuense, Library of Helsinki University of Technology Client: University of Helsinki Project Area: 32,000 sqm Design year: 2008-2010 Construction year: 2010-2012 Images: Courtesy Anttinen Oiva Architects

ORDOS 100 #47: JSª

14:00 - 26 October, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: JSª / Javier Sánchez Project team: Aisha Ballesteros, Juan I. Reyes, Gerardo Fonseca, Juan Manuel Soler, Juan Pablo Victal, Laura Ivanschitz, Jair Navarrete Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #30: LTL Architects

14:00 - 26 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: LTL Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Marc Tsurumaki, Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, Kate Snider, Deric Mizokami, Laura Cheung Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #28: F451 Arquitectura

13:00 - 19 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: F451 Arquitectura Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China F451 Team: Santi Ibarra, Toni Montes, Lluis Ortega, Xavier Osarte & Esther Segura Engineering Consultant: AKT Landscape: Jerónimo Hagerman Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #27: Multiplicities

14:00 - 16 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Multiplicities Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Daniel Holguin, Issei Suma, Perla Pequeño, Joanna Park Sohn, Christopher Chan, Nicole Rodríguez, Masayuki Sono Consultants: Methus Srisuchart + Tatchapon Lertwirojkul / Jee Won Kim Architect / ID engineers Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #14: Encore Heureux + G Studio

16:30 - 29 January, 2009

Architects: Encore Hereux + G Studio Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

French architects Encore Heureux & G Studio didn’t send a text for their Ordos villa, but the renderings are quite expressive. Judge for yourself.

ORDOS 100 #5: HHF

16:00 - 29 December, 2008

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: HHF Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Nicole Baron, Daichi Takano, Kohsuke Uesugi and Christian Weyell Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Site Area: 1,521 sqm Constructed Area: 925 sqm