Building Blocks

Architecture & Interiors

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together.”

Seems Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who extolled the virtues of glass and steel (and, oh yes, immortalized that less is more phrase), knew a thing or two about the lasting power of bricks.

In cities across the globe, architects engage in elaborate experiments with new materials—or at least new applications of proven materials—dotting skylines with gleaming, undulating forms, soaring ever skyward. But closer to the ground, bricks-and-mortar, that oldest of building blocks, reminds us that uncommon beauty is not the sole territory of architecture’s new and novel.

Brick construction remains a fascinating showcase for order and symmetry, ingenuity and imagination—and an enduring testament to the visual clarity that Mies valued most.



Photo credits: Promila Shastri

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