Projects shortlisted in this category demonstrate a high degree of innovation in their application of clay brick and/or other clay products. Any building or civil-engineering project that substantially uses brick or clay products is eligible.
Barrett’s Grove, set in Stoke Newington Conservation Area, accommodates two three-bedroom maisonettes, three two-bedroom flats and a studio. Enveloping the building is a non-structural façade of perforated brickwork that matches the neighbouring buildings and acts as an aesthetic rain screen. This is decoupled from the rest of the building to allow it to expand and contract separately.
Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock
Brick: Birtley Old English Buff
Architect: Amin Taha Architects
Brickwork Contractor: ECORE
Brick was the key material in the design of this London Italian restaurant. The abstract ceiling form is reminiscent of Italian vaults, here folding the vaults 'inside-out' so as to produce convex form, creating a physical disparity for the use of the matrial. To acheive this a 3D parametric model was created, setting out 32,155 bricks individually with 55 different brick dimensions, cut by hand on 4 sides so as to smoothly create the curved surface.
Brick Manufacturer: Forterra
Brick: Plain Fletton Brick
Architect: Andy Martin Architecture
Brickwork Contractor: Bridport Interiors and Bulmer Brick Cutting Services/Rockchart Limited
Due to the demands of a very rapid construction programme, the project used offsite manufacturing techniques and a system of prefabricated loadbearing facade panels was developed. Each wall panel comprises a form of cavity wall construction with a full brick outer leaf, part insulated cavity and loadbearing reinforced concrete inner leaf. Ground floors were typically built with hand laid bricks over an in-situ concrete frame. The use of full bricks enabled the creation of deep window reveals, expressing the loadbearing nature of the wall and imparting a sense of robustness and quality to the overall development.
Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger
Brick: Avenue Red, Platinum White
Architect: Glenn Howells Architects
Brickwork Contractor: Hurks Group and Landmark Brickwork
The volume of the new theatre is clad in iridescent tiles, creating a reflective façade that brings life into the piazza. The complex geometry of the folded skin is based on the theatre curtain, gathered at the head with hanging pleats. The pearlescent, semi-polished porcelain tiles are cut into triangles in order to tessellate to create the unusual form.
Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger
Architect: Jestico + Whiles
Brickwork Contractor: Tudor Stonework
uses a variety of bespoke clay bricks and specials in a blend of light and dark red in conjunction with brick slips to create precast brick faced panels which have been arranged in a complex geometry with steps and pleats to form an innovative 3 dimensional masonry façade. Special dogbone snap headers were designed to minimise any cutting and make full use of each individual brick unit, producing 2 suitably keyed snap headers with barely any waste. The project featured an innovative approach to 3D mould technology, and the use of BIM throughout the entire design and manufacturing stages.
Brick Manufacturer: Ketley
Brick: Staffordshire Red
Architect: Acme Architects
Brickwork Contractor: Thorp Precast Ltd