The case studies have been chosen to show what some architects have been able to achieve in recent brick buildings. They show creative imagination in the use of this very traditional and tested material, and considerable skill in responding to its technical challenges, which is most evident in the detailing. The details also show how basic principles of, for example, support, flashings and jointing have been applied to a variety of designs.
It is also clear that the architects had a thorough understanding of building practice and were well served by their builders and bricklayers. It is significant that the owners of the case study buildings gave high priority to long term durability, low maintenance and an image of permanence and solidity which brickwork meets admirably and easily.
Each case study explains the client's brief and the design intent, describes the basic constructional systems and discusses issues specific to brickwork as well as presenting illustrations and selected drawings.
First case study: UNSW Quadrangle