The submittal deadline for the nation’s premier awards program recognizing excellence in the use of clay brick is coming up on October 31. Seems like the perfect time for an FAQ…Read More
Who says brick can only be red and traditional? From contemporary to retro, low rise to high, make a statement with brick! With the perfect combination of beauty, durability, and sustainability, brick gets the job done in style.
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How do you design a modern high rise residential building to fit into a traditional, old world neighborhood? You put the versatility of brick in the hands of skilled architects and designers, that’s how.
ODA New York was faced with that challenge at 371 Broadway in Manhattan’s historic Tribeca neighborhood. Seizing on Tribeca’s prominent cast iron craftsmanship, ODA used custom-made brick shapes from Sioux City Brick in a basket weave pattern as an expression of the neighborhood’s past.Read More
Suppose you work for an architecture or design firm that has completed a project with a building exterior or pavement that is predominantly clay brick. You’re rightfully proud of this project. Where do you go for recognition? Acknowledgement by your peers would be nice. Kudos from the authority on clay brick construction in the U.S. would be great. Coming out on top among the best of similar brick projects from all around the country would be AMAZING.Read More
As a region of the national Brick Industry Association (BIA), Heartland Brick can direct you to some amazing resources offered by the BIA at a national level. Many of you may already be familiar with BIA’s Technical Notes, the most comprehensive library of technical information about designing and building with brick anywhere online (see our recent post for more info). But, did you also know BIA offers free online continuing education to architects?Read More
Quick…what’s the most stable brick bond pattern? Which type of mortar has the highest compressive strength? What’s the maximum recommended distance between vertical expansion joints on a brick facade?
How many answers did you have off the top of your head? None? Congratulations, you’re human. As an architect or designer you have a lot going on in your head. Let us save you some brain space. All you need to remember is that clay brick is unmatched when it comes to beauty, design flexibility, permanence, and sustainability. For the rest, go to the Technical Notes!Read More
The Solaire in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, completed in 2003, was the first “green” residential high-rise in the U.S. It’s gold-level certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is owed in part to its cladding of red brick which contributed to the building’s LEED score as both a regional material and one with recycled content. The structure was honored by the American Institute of Architects as a 2004 Top Ten winner.Read More
As a conscientious follower of TMS 402 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures, you probably know that anchored brick facades over wood framing are limited to 30’ in height. End of story, right? Not so.Read More
The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University makes one wonder. Eschewing conventional masonry design themes where materials with physical or implied weightiness are concentrated at the base of the structure, the design for the Moody Center by Michael Maltzan Architecture lifts brick upward and even cantilevers it horizontally, making the brick appear to float.Read More
The design and construction landscape is in a constant state of change, and as architects, designers, and builders, you want to know how the materials you’ve relied on in the past are relevant to today’s design trends, building standards, and economic realities.Read More