Monday, January 9, 2017

Historic Running Bond Brick Pattern - Montreal

A really satisfying group of historic triplex buildings on Deluth street in Montréal.  Simple pattern, but such richness when applied on several buildings, there is even a delightful bonus one if you go around the corner!

Click here for the street view:,-73.5801773,3a,75y,83.06h,101.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxyVieMTj_0zRc_kU-62bsw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunlight and brickwork

This is another minimal modern brick project that I came across yesterday hidden in the streets of Montréal north.  I am very impressed with how minimal the architecture is, how it fits into the context because of the material (brick) and because it is the same size as adjacent houses. At first glance it appears a bit stark, however, upon closer investigation there is carefully integrated brick bondwork that is completely activated by sunlight.  I happened to pass by early in the morning when it was getting sun, but it is cast in shadow 90% of the day, which is very different (last image showing the context). If the building were on the other side of the street it would be much more dynamic with the brickwork casting moving shadows all day.  I am working towards achieving this in my own work, so it is very inspiring.  It is important to understand the location and movement of daylight to really activate this type of brickwork.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Montreal Modern Brick Renaissance

It seems Montreal is undergoing a modern brick renaissance, there are a lot of clean, subtle minimalist modern architectures being built with brick these days.

I am noticing a real movement away from 'yellow and red color blocks' and towards more finely detailed brick patterning and bondwork, my assumption is that architects have become somewhat bored with the obligatory masonry construction in the city and are really starting to push it further.

I'm sorry I am not sure who the architects are for these projects, but email me if you know and I will add a link.

update: The last project is by L Mccomber architectes.