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Breaking the grid
11/23/2009

The Mews house's facades take their key from the Flemish-bond brickwork walls of the Victorian House, seeking a kind of ‘constructional context' with its older brother. The unique bonds are the result of ‘separating' the Flemish bond into two layers, and conceptually situating the home in the space between these two layers.

The extrovert front façade receives the ‘projecting brick' layer, which oscillates in appearance depending on natural light conditions. To the rear, the façade becomes a mesh of brickwork where those projecting bricks on the front leave their resultant holes in the rear wall, allowing ventilation to the rooms behind to be taken directly through this brick skin.

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Mews house, Dublin, by TAKA Architects All photos © Alice Clancy , TAKA
Mews house, Dublin, by TAKA Architects All photos © Alice Clancy , TAKA