Exterior, House Building Type, Brick Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine By setting an Amsterdam house a few feet back from the street, 31/44 Architects ensured the city’s planning department that the new construction would not block light to the surrounding structures. The gray brick facade references the building material of choice in the formerly industrial neighborhood, which has seen a residential resurgence.  Photo 2 of 11 in New Kid on the Block