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The Colors of Brick

Morovian Church / 70F Architecture. Image © Luuk KramerHVM House / M2.senos. Image © Ivo TavaresBlack Volcano / Urban Mesh Design. Image © Charles HoseaMaria Montessori Mazatlán School / EPArquitectos + Estudio Macías Peredo. Image © Onnis Luque+ 48

Brick is one of the most popular materials for architects designing with a vintage or rustic aesthetic: exposed brick walls are often touted as highly desirable for apartments, restaurants, and stores, and exterior brick facades can make a building or home feel warmer and more inviting. However, the color and cut of the brick can greatly influence the atmosphere it emanates, with white brick lending itself to more minimalist design and tan brick tending to feel more rustic and earthy. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular brick colors, ways to artificially color brick, and recent projects that use brick facades or interior brick elements effectively.

Saint Peter House / Proyecto Cafeína + Estudio Tecalli

© Patrick Lopez© Patrick Lopez© Roberto Martínez© Patrick Lopez+ 26

San Pedro Cholula, Mexico

18 Fantastic Permeable Facades

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Nguyen Thai Thach© Koji Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc© Pedro Nuno Pacheco© Gonzalo Viramonte+ 20

Recently, a new trend in architecture has emerged: Several of the latest projects highlighted by ArchDaily, including some winners in the Building of the Year Awards, are using permeable facades as an attractive option for their exterior finishes.

Better lighting, ventilation, and visibility are some of the advantages brought by this type of façades. Below is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Andrés Valbuena, Pedro Nuno Pacheco, and Koji Fuji Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Mexican Houses That Show the Many Ways to Use Bricks

© Carlos Berdejo Mandujano© César Béjar© Ricardo Rodríguez© Ariel Valenzuela + Diego Ledesma+ 12

This week we present a selection of the best images of brick houses published on our site. These 11 Mexican projects reveal the diversity of expression that architects in the country have achieved through creative arrangements of the brick modules. read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Carlos Berdejo Mandujano, Onnis Luque, and Patrick Lopez.

Tosepankali Hostel / Proyecto Cafeína

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Cuetzalan, Mexico
  • Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  335
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Ternium, Tosepan

Chilsec Organic Production Center / Proyecto Cafeína

© Patrick Lopez© Patrick Lopez© Patrick Lopez© Patrick Lopez+ 10

  • Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  255
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Ternium, Tosepan Tuchanchiuaj