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Studio Gang’s Brick Weave House Adds a Modern Touch to a Traditional Material
The original plan was to remodel the original brick building located on the city’s west side, but when fire damage was uncovered plans needed to be rethought. While much of the building had to be torn down, 30% of it was kept intact. The rest is a revisualization of the space with a tiered two-story floor plan that creates interest and function within the home’s rectangular footprint.
The Brick Weave refers to the dynamic street façade, which contains a small walk-out patio. The perforated brick acts as a screen, maintaining privacy but inviting light inside. By day the expansive front windows allow hexagonal spots of light into the main living space, creating a honeycomb of sunlight and shadow. In the evening the façade is backlit, lightening the presence of the home in the traditional neighborhood. The simple rectangular shape of the house is classic modernist, but it bridges the gap with its forbears with it traditional materiality, adding a unique tension to the design.
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