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Products: Brick House

A selection of the products used in James Gorst Architects’ Brick House

Architect’s choices

Apart from the Belgian roofing membrane, the envelope of the house is clad exclusively in materials and products manufactured in Britain. The Suffolk tradition of building with local brick was adopted; the challenge was then to produce a contemporary, orthogonal building, using hand-made, Tudor-sized imperial bricks. The crafted quality of the brick is offset by a pale bronze aluminium cladding, which catches the light, animating the lower section of the facade throughout the day. A minimal window system allows the courtyard to become an
extension of the living space.

  • David Roy, associate, James Gorst Architects

Handmade brick

This Suffolk Red Tudor facing brick was used for the two brick boxes, lending a sculptural solidity and weight to these volumes. It heightens the architectural gesture of ‘floating’ one volume above the aluminium and glass facade

Hydraulic lime mortar

HMMY050 Milton 500 traditional lime mortar was selected to complement the brick. The inherent characteristics of a lime mortar allowed the brick volumes to be built free of any movement joints

Anodised aluminium cladding and copings

The Unicol Anolock 451 folded, anodised aluminium panels act as a rainscreen to the ground floor. The bronze-anodised finish varies with the light throughout the day. The panels, with the windows, form a link between the two volumes and wrap the ground floor in a ribbon of glass and metal. The copings are to match

Linoleum floor

The Armstrong DLW Colorette PUR 137-052 linoleum was chosen for its economy and uniform appearance over large open-plan spaces. A dark colour was chosen to give a dull luminescence


Supreme Bouclé 249-05 was used extensively on the first floor to give the bedrooms a warmer quality

Concrete pavers

This warm, Saxon Natural paver complements the red brick and light bronze aluminium

Bathroom tiles

Small prismatic wall tiles (PRS12 White, PRS15 Shark, matt) give a bright, uniform appearance

Spray-lacquered MDF panelling

Panels were used to form joinery cabinets in the bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas, and stairwell. 20 per cent gloss Classolac, colour no: 214 Arsenic by Farrow & Ball was used in the stairwell to contrast with the warmth of the brick

Interior door handle

Bearing roses, this clean, simple D-line 14mm L-shape lever handle on 50 x 4mm is unique

Pea-shingle gravel

This warm-coloured 20mm gravel complements the brick and anodised aluminium. A ground-set brick soldier course ensures a clean edge



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