Brick Bonds: UK’s Brief History
When we look through the UK’s masonry history, bonding is seemingly about order, functionality and structure. For the most part, the architectural legacy that stands today shows that popular residential brick patterns are dictated by cost and time-effective housing solutions; think Stretcher bond, Flemish bond and English bond. Practicality, and ease of design, almost always overrides aesthetic. Examples of Herringbone bond, Stack bond and Basket Bond give a more pleasing finish, but even these attempts at decorative bonding are generally guilty of pattern replication and lack of creativity.
And, to some extent, this practical approach to masonry is still relevant today. Buildings are still purpose built, and there is still little opportunity to create something memorable. So, yes. Bonding is loosely defined as the arrangement of bricks in a wall-like structure. And, yes, in the traditional sense, the purpose of facing bricks was to help distribute loads through the entire build. They ensure stability, and maximise a wall's strength. Or they did.
Because here at UK Brick, we’re here to support the design gems. And our linear bricks are here to help buildings transcend functionality, and become art.
Linear Bricks: Why So Special?
Our Linear bricks are an extraordinary collection of waterstruck bricks. They are a series characterised by their elongated form- double the length of two ordinary bricks, and a height of just 38 mm. This long format creates a unique and distinctive expression, and makes them the obvious choice for exclusive projects. They give architects and housebuilders versatility in design, and allow for a unique creativity in wall patterns.
With these bricks, individuality is key, and each brick has a unique surface structure. They are used in the construction of design led buildings, and from trendy city apartment blocks to elegant London offices, their purpose is to make a bold contemporary statement.
So if you’re ready to build a sculptural masterpiece, say hello to Linear Bricks.
Linear bricks have an exclusive long format, and are consistent in quality. But that’s where the similarities stop. No two bricks are alike, and each shows subtle variations in surface and appearance. This creates a unique and distinctive expression in the brickwork, and when bonded uniquely, their potential is limitless.
Take a look at some 2020 inspiration below.
Long Format, Linear Bricks: Unique Bricks Bonds
Bricks: RT 154 Ultima & RT 554 Eos
Project: City Townhouses
This project is a prime example of the fine line between respect for tradition and necessary innovation. In a historic part of the old Danish capital, five townhouses accommodate apartments, shops, a culture house as well as a state-of-the-art subway station. Here, innovative design harmonises with the historic neighbourhood beautifully.
The centre of the project is a courtyard surrounded by five townhouses. Each house has a unique bond and technique, but the collection is unified by the use of Linear bricks. The consistency in brick choice is the common thread across the five townhouses. As such, they are alike but unique.
Architect: Simon Bowden Architects
Bricks: RT 153 Ultima
Project: 10-Storey Residential Building
Location: London, UK
The Compton Residence is a ten-storey residential building in a London suburb. The project is strongly influenced by Art Deco-style, and its soft curves, geometric patterns and clean bond culminate in true city inspiration. The unique cast aluminium and Linear brick combo completes the design, and creates an inspiring facade amongst the cityscape.
Each of the 49 apartments overlook central London from private bay balconies; these signature private canopy’s offer indulgent outdoor space, and panoramic views. The bays are adorned with an imprinted leaf pattern – an Art Deco-style reference to the neighbouring Regents Park.
Architect: Reiulf Ramstad architects
Bricks: RT 153 Ultima
Project: Luxury Apartments
Find these exclusive Norwegian apartments nestled in a 16-acre English-style park. The Linear in Full White is juxtaposed against the tinted brick mortar, and gives the facades an edgy, homogeneous feel. The bonds plays with negative space, with the striking missing bricks creating a unique facing brick structure. The resulting wall pattern is unique to the development.
Bricks: RT 153 Ultima
We could not end without taking a look at this masterpiece. This building takes masonry, and turns it into art. It’s bonding is more than unique; it is extraordinary. The swirling waves of brickwork undulate through the entire structure’s façade. This draws a three-dimensional expression, and a unique sculptural facade. The design is further emphasized by the subtle nuances in the bricks color scheme.
Our soft molded Linear brick collection comes in an indulgent colour option, and is those projects that aim to achieve truly unique design. We are in difficult times, but continuing to be inspired, and planning ahead brings a sense of positivity.
Helping Hands: Get In Touch
Since every build is unique, the best way for us to help is to hear a little more about your build. If you have a colour in mind, we can help find the exact tone and collection
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