Mesmerizing Brickwork Wraps This House in Poland

An intricate brick pattern lends depth and texture to Red House, whose glass rear opens to a forest glade.

Upon approach, the home appears as a simple horizontal massing, accented by the textural play of crafted brickwork.

Recently nominated for the prestigious EU Mies Award, Red House by Biuro Toprojekt is located in Poland’s Upper Silesia on the edge of an forest glade. The 3,900-square-foot home, built of easily accessible materials, reflects a strong ecological bent.

The brick-and-glass Red House sits on the edge of a vast forest glade, nestled in a section specifically allocated for new, single-family development.

The brick-and-glass Red House sits on the edge of a vast forest glade, nestled in a section specifically allocated for new, single-family development.

Photo by Juliusz Sokolowski

The walls are constructed from hand-sorted, recycled bricks from nearby brick works. The bricks alternate in depth and orientation, with every other pair of bricks turned to have the short ends facing out. The unexpected placement with an otherwise standard building material creates an enriching movement of light and shadow across the facade. 

The steady rhythm and pattern of the brick creates a quilt-like facade.

The steady rhythm and pattern of the brick creates a quilt-like facade.

Photo by Juliusz Sokolowski

The shadows cast by the brickwork recalls the technique of chiaroscuro, the use of light and dark to create the illusion of a three-dimensional volume.

The shadows cast by the brickwork recalls the technique of chiaroscuro, the use of light and dark to create the illusion of a three-dimensional volume.

Photo by Juliusz Sokolowski

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