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Handmade bricks

Broad Street House in Suffolk by Nash Baker Architects
The ground floor of this house designed by London studio Nash Baker Architects is built from handmade-brick

Another traditional material that enjoyed a revival this year was brick, but instead of pushing the boundaries, architects explored the possibilities offered by old techniques.

RielEstate by Joris Verhoeven Architectuur
This asymmetric gabled house in the Dutch village of Riel was also made using hand-moulded bricks

Handmade bricks, which provide wider variations of colour and texture than mass-produced stock, appeared in housing projects in the UK and the Netherlands. In Africa they were used as a means to tap into local skills and engage residents in community projects in Rwanda and Zambia, among others.

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