Brick creates low-maintenance, statement exterior for urban home

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30 May 2016
Wire cut bricks create a jagged and textured side facade.

Melbourne architecture practice KUD has embraced unique brick laying applications with PGH Bricks & Pavers to create a visually striking exterior for an exposed corner house in inner-city Brunswick.

“The brief was to create a low-maintenance and private home. We were conscious of the site’s corner location in busy Brunswick, and the privacy and security challenges that carried. As a robust and rigid material that requires no maintenance or painting, brick stands up to rigours of inner city living,” said Billy Kavellaris, director and founder of KUD.

Brick was used for the home’s front and side exteriors.

KUD conceptualised a jagged side exterior wall that doubled as an architectural feature and deterrent to vandals and passers-by.

“We specified wire cut bricks, as these can be cleanly broken. The bricks were split down the middle and laid to expose the inside of the brick and hide the face. This created a textured and rough finish that is not conducive to graffiti and helps to prevent pedestrians from leaning on it,” said Kavellaris. 

Hit and miss brickwork allows light to filter through and provides a visual connection to the street whilst maintaining privacy.

“This was a fairly unusual way to lay bricks. We approached a number of manufacturers with the concept, however, many found it counter-intuitive and difficult to grasp. The team at PGH Bricks and Pavers understood our vision and the team was really helpful in providing a proper selection of bricks and technical specifications that were appropriate for this application,” said Kavellaris.

The project used PGH Smooth bricks in Nevada Cream, Taupe Grey, Jute, Choc Fudge, Flame Red for the side exterior. The front exterior used PGH Nuvo Domino bricks.

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