Brick is most often associated with traditional building styles, from Gothic to Georgian. Brickwork and mortar can be applied to a fresh, modern house, however—just look to these ten examples for proof.
Tasked with renovating a 93-square-foot brick boiler room in San Francisco, architect Christi Azevedo deployed some creative solutions. She retained the brick walls and added sleek industrial details as counterpoints: Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen, sliding doors of sanded acrylic panels, a PaperStone work top, stainless steel counter, and a movable dining table. Photo by Cesar Rubio.
During the renovation of this Texas home, the residents noted that they would prefer to keep some elements of the original design, including the sandy brick lower level. Alterstudio Architects won the AIA Austin 2010 Design Awards' Honor Award for this project.
Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen. Here, the owner and his dog Jack enjoy the house’s walled garden. Photo by Gregg Segal.
This Boerum Hill brownstone, designed by MADE, is a good example of turning exposed interior brick into something more modern and Shaker-inspired—just by painting it all white. Photo by Matthew Williams.
For his completely gutted and rearranged Brooklyn home, architect Jeff Sherman figured his ultra-modern interiors were best complemented by cleaning up the original brickwork while leaving it otherwise untouched. The front door is made from etched Lexan bulletproof glass. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop. The brick facade is original to the 1930s house, and the couple rebuilt the annex, which houses the kitchen and bath. Photo by Tim Van de Velde.