I have been looking into the use of brick as a building material and will be using it as a primary material in my project. Almost all the buildings in the the Hackney Wick area are made of brick, so I see it as appropriate to apply it in my design. The material is also a way to emphasize the monolithic and substantial appearance of the buildings which is a key aspect of the proposal – openings and windows etc. can appear as if they were carved out of the volumes rather than being a part of a shell of a frame structure, which would not work well in this context.
In order to link my studio design work to the sustainability module, I will be using reclaimed bricks. Except from the obvious sustainable advantages this entails, it gives me possibilities to express aesthetic aspects of the design differently than new brick would – surfaces can appear rough, varied in texture, the colours will change making the building look more like a part of the landscape.
Above left: Wall made of recycled brick Right: Wall made using new brick.
Link to a related article on architect magazine http://www.architectmagazine.com/construction-management/deconstruction-reconstruction.aspx?cid=ABU:041712