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Project • By LAARParks/Gardens

Science Park Pavillion

In 2009, in the southern zone of Yucatán, in México, a group of young students, sons and daughters of Mayan farmers belonging to the rural community of Dzán, whose economic support consists mainly in the farming of citrus, moved by their “change their world” reckless enthusiasm, took the action into working together through science and culture with the purpose of inspiring the most vulnerable sector of the population: children and young adolescents, whose school dropout, substance abuse rates and lacking of vocation were rising. That’s how they decided to found the Scientific Community of Dzán, a non-profit organization that pursuits the empowerment of their own community through the making of l... More

NewsNews • 16 Mar 2021

High Park Residence pays homage to Toronto’s historic brick residential fabric and Italian heritage

Monolithic brick cladding and a modern interpretation of the Roman arch powerfully define this Toronto residence by Batay-Csorba Architects. The vault’s modern form punctures, cuts and peels away dynamic geometries that define the program organization and demarcate areas with different atmospheres. The geometry of the vault extends the length of the lot, moving from façade to interior. An isolated dormer, which mirrors the proportions of the neighbouring house, is the other key element of the exterior. Doublespace Photography The monolithic façade focuses on the materiality of brick coursing. Covering the façade, the brickwork wraps the ceiling and walls of the carport in a nod to Toronto’s history of... More

Project • By ViraformApartments

Frame in qom

Project Name: FRAME Architecture Firm: VIRAFORM Firm Location: QOM, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN  Completion Year:2017 Gross Built Area:2500 square meter Project location: QOM  Lead Architects: REZA JAFARI Photo credits:   Ali Esmaeili                    Clients: Ghasem Rauofi In this project, the main challenge was visibility and privacy while providing adequate lighting for the spaces. Due to urban laws, the project land is in contact with the city only in one direction. To solve this problem for communication between outside and inside. We think to consider frame as space. Often each window has a frame. This frame is an opportunity to communicate between in and out. In... More

Project • By Phaedrus StudioShops


While designed for a specific client and a site with opportune zoning and planning, Hi-Lo Hybrid tackles a prevailing narrow lot condition along Toronto's main streets. Despite the demand for increased density and housing options on these existing transit and mixed-use corridors, they remain largely underdeveloped, including an estimated 250km composed of existing single-family homes reinforced by low-rise residential zoning and planning. Outdated zoning and current planning policies limit the range of infill opportunities, driving homogenous stacked townhouse forms, as well as outsized mid-rise developments and retail spaces requiring long term lot assembly. Over time these development models become further entrenched. Hi-Lo Hybrid demonst... More

NewsNews • 11 Dec 2020

Experimental gjG House explores the integrity of brick architecture

Located in a forest-like residential environment (but next to a highway), gjG is an experimental house in Ghent, Belgium by BLAF architecten. It forms part of a research project called ‘Brick Wall City,’ which explores the relationship between construction methods and the integrity of brick architecture. Stijn Bollaert Continuing upgrades to building codes are placing ever more stringent requirements on thermal performance. As such, the construction industry has seen a progressive shift towards the use of lightweight and low-cost façade cladding materials including stucco/render, textile, and in particular brick tiles for building exteriors. In their research, BLAF argues that the layered glueing of materials such a... More

NewsNews • 17 Nov 2020

BRICKS pays homage to site-specific industrial and architectural legacy in Berlin

BRICKS in Berlin Schöneberg revitalizes and converts an historic communications complex into a vibrant mini-village encompassing new commercial, university, gastronomic and residential functions.  Located on the Hauptstrasse, the project was managed and realized by globally renowned GRAFT architecture and design firm.  The original site formerly housed the post office and other telecommunications functions and comprises a series of buildings dividing the area into several inner courtyards, covering 11,700 sq.m. As part of the revitalization, two new building volumes were added to expand the complex across a 32.000 sq. m area.  Credit: © Bttr GmbH The original post office buildings are protected as historical m... More

Project • By Ludwig Hansen ArchitectsStudent Housing

Student Residence and Dining Hall

Located on the Lower Campus of the recently established University of Mpumalanga, LHA+UD’s new student residence and dining facility defines the southern boundary of the university. Initially appointed in 2011 by the Department of Higher Education to establish the Design and Development framework for the relatively new university, LHA+UD were subsequently appointed in 2016 to design a new student residence and dining hall for the increasing number of students registered at the university.  The building provides accommodation for 200+ students in a mix of single and shared rooms along with self-contained bachelor units, in tandem with the 700 seater dining hall. The guiding principle was to create a building focused arou... More

Project • By Kaminsky ArkitekturNurseries

Preschool Lärkgatan in Bjuv

Project preschool Lärkgatan in south Swedish county of Bjuv aims for a building with strong connections to local brick building traditions.  The site is part of an old mill community, and the building will speak the language of local tradition. With brick as a characteristic building material for this region, it turned out to be the natural material of choice. We have also focused on highlighting the county´s  tile manufacturing heritage, expressed in the use of locally connected CC Höganäs tiles in the building´s bathrooms. The Lärkgatan preschool project meets the standards of Swedish environmental certification Miljöbyggnad Silver, calling for high performance solutions in ventilation and... More

Project • By Oliv ArchitektenOffices


Oliv plans to revitalize and reposition the 1970ies building in Munich-Neuhausen. The building permit was granted in just eight months of planning and in close cooperation with the client and the authorities. In the future, Gabrielenlofts will be open, inspiring, industrial and spacious. The addition of a terrace floor and a complete revision of the facade creates a gem on Gabrielenstrasse, thus contributing to a new urbanity in the district. The loft atmosphere inside is underlined by high windows and selected materials. The coherent overall concept gives the property a completely new quality. More

Project • By Oliv ArchitektenOffices

New Eastside Munich

New Eastside Munich is a pioneering project in the Berg am Laim district. Oliv Architects are planning a new identity-building office building. The urban structure between Neumarkter Strasse and Streitfeldstrasse is opened and upgraded through a connection. The design plays with motifs from historic industrial architecture to commemorate the former location of a hydraulic factory. Brick, profilit and shed roofs are reinterpreted and break through viewing habits. On the upper floors, the rooms open up to roof gardens and create a connection to the outside space and nature. More

Product • By General ShaleWatsontown Brick

Watsontown Brick

Since 1908, Watsontown Brick has serviced architectural, commercial, and residential customers by manufacturing what they require. Whether it’s custom colors, sizes, or shapes, our three modern plants can produce the highest quality brick available today.  Watsontown offers distinct brick types, each made in a dedicated facility. The red, buff, and molded brick each have their own firing characteristics and Watsontown Brick has built plants specifically for them; this results in a more reliable and consistent product for the customer. Shapes for any brick are custom made for any job, or the customer can pick from a wide selection of standard shapes.  Watsontown Brick's new plants reflect the latest in industry technology.... More

Product • By General ShaleOld Brick Originals Thin Brick

Old Brick Originals Thin Brick

Authentic, kiln-fired brick cut thin for interior and exterior applications. More

Project • By General ShaleBanks

Commercial Bank Headquarters

Eclipse Brand Builders designed and constructed the new Commercial Bank headquarters and selected General Shale Preservation Red brick for the classic, two story building. The design also features Arriscraft Renaissance masonry units and ARRIS-cast accessories. More

Project • By General ShaleCities

Ascension St. Clare's Hospital

Completed in 2018, this 650,000 square foot medical center features warm color palettes to integrate with the pastoral setting. General Shale supplied this brick from its Designer Classics line, in Danbury color. More

Project • By KARABON (Mehdi Panahi Architect)Apartments

Green House

In the past the living of human being has been besides the nature, but nowadays due to definition of architectural space for living in floors above the ground, this relationship has been almost gone. Also In the past 40 years, the greenery of urban landscape in north Tehran gradually has been missed under continuous constructions.   The main idea of this project was formed through an attempt to find an approach making the relationship with the nature stronger both physically and visually.   In project design process, wherever it was possible to create a green area, an appropriate detail were designed according to the limitations and criteria. Generally, except living spaces and circulation paths, all other surfaces designed to... More