As more and more London buildings require refurbishing, restorating or even new build, we need to make sure they fit in with their surroundings. The LEGO generation has grown up and is embracing bricks to create stunning building facades, sensitively linking the old with the new. And often the results are award-winning. At last year’s 2014 Brick Awards Rick Mather Architects said, “Brick is being re-discovered by a new generation of architects, and the 2014 Brick Awards showcases a range of beautiful and innovative brick buildings. Architects are aware beyond the traditional use of brickwork, that brick material gives the designer control of both creative and disciplined detailed solutions with enduring results.”
So there you have it. Bricks, like many construction materials, are basic in shape but can be used in a plethora of ways to create unique, attractive buildings that fit in with their surroundings and make communities feel like the building has always belonged there. Hopefully the next generation of architects, structural engineers and builders will be just inspired to preserve London’s past and build its future with the help of the brick.