The 2019 Brick Awards beat its record number of entries again this year with 349 entries across 15 hotly-contested categories.
The Brick Awards showcases the very best examples of clay brick in the UK’s built environment. For 43 years the event has celebrated a broad range of bold, unique and inspiring architectural works and this year is no exception.
The task of shortlisting fell to a panel of exceptionally credentialled architects, planners, specialist brickwork contractors, developers and other brick experts, who produced a final shortlist of 112 entries.
Picking up three nominations in this year’s shortlist is The Interlock by Bureau de Change Architects. Staffordshire Blue Clay bricks provide a distinctive and idiosyncratic facade for The Interlock, a five-storey mixed-use building in the heart of London. Judges were blown away by the intricate detailing of the brick façade with the architects stating that; ‘The intention of the design is to challenge the idea of craftsmanship and what that is in our time.’ The Interlock façade is made of 5000 bespoke bricks resulting in a stunning project and, nominations in the Innovation, Craftmanship and Small Housing Development categories.
Another multi-nominated project is Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield Architects, recognised in the Innovation and Public categories. The mosque is intended as a spiritual and cultural centre not only for Muslims but also the wider community; integrated into and, respectful of its neighbourhood. The project was praised for its stunning realisation and the certainty with which it delivers what it set out to achieve; a British mosque designed for the 21st century. The cladding reflects both local vernacular materials and Islamic sacred traditions, with the protruding headers used to create geometric brickwork patterns that reflect Arabic calligraphy.