Architecture We Love 4: Brick

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

OK, so it’s more like a Material We Love, but you catch my drift. This is a combo fire and police station in Belmont Shore, CA.

I know this marks me as a fascist, but I’ll brick over raw concrete any day. The handmade feel, the fragmented yet unified visual quality, and the color all put me in a better mood than gray, dull, rain-streaked slabs.


About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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10 Responses to Architecture We Love 4: Brick

  1. epiminondas says:

    Presumably this is of recent vintage. I guess we’re not dead yet.


  2. krs says:

    I’m surprised it survived the ’33 earthquake. Brick is not a great building material for cities that shake….


  3. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    I had a brick house once. Built in 1949, I loved it. I loved pounding the wall and it going “thud” instead of BOOM. I loved the color and texture. It was very well insulated. Strangely some people had their brick houses stucco’d over, couldn’t believe that one, wtf?

    Maybe in the future brick laying robots can make it economical again.


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