This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Do you think brick is trivial and a thing of the past? Think twice! It is true up until a century ago brick was predominantly associated with the vernacular architecture of England’s industrial north. With very few notable exceptions like woderful Uruguay-born architect and engineer Eladio Dieste, most architects over the last two centuries do not seem to have discovered any excitement in experimenting with brick. These days however brick has been making its way back into the spotlight of architectural stardom as computer-aided parametric design’s new love.

Eladio Dieste: Cristo Obrero Church

Eladio Dieste: Cristo Obrero Churchimage: Rafael Oliveira on flickr

Randic Turato Architects: Pope John Paul II Hall

Randic Turato Architects: Pope John Paul II Hallimage: Robert Leš

Lyons Architecture: Mornington Nursing Home

Lyons Architecture: Mornington Nursing Homeimage: John Gollings & Roger Du Buisson

Wang Shu/Amateur Architecture Studio: Ningbo Historic Museum

Wang Shu/Amateur Architecture Studio: Ningbo Historic Museumimage: Iwan Baan

Mass Studies & Slade Architecture: Pixel House

Mass Studies & Slade Architecture: Pixel Houseimage: Yong Kwan Kim

Hans Jorg Goritz Architektur: National Parliament Principality of Liechtenstein

Hans Jorg Goritz Architektur: National Parliament Principality of Liechtensteinimage: Jürg Zürcher

 

Anagram Architects: South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre

Anagram Architects: South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centreimage: Anagram Architects

Bearth & Deplazes with Gramazio & Kohler: Vineyard Estate Gantenbein

Bearth & Deplazes with Gramazio & Kohler: Vineyard Estate Gantenbeinimage: Ralph Feiner

MAB architecture: Plinthos

MAB architecture: Plinthosimage: MAB Architecture

SHoP Architects: 290 Mulberry

SHoP Architects: 290 Mulberryimage: SHoP Architects