Looking like a Jenga stack on steroids, this beautiful brick facade shields the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre in India, doing double duty as a solar screen and noise buffer.
Tasked with finding a cost-effective solution for a building that sat on a busy street and faced a blaring sun, Anagram Architects constructed a traditional brick Jaali screen on a grand scale. According to Anagram, it was crucial for the facade to "converse" with the external activity — it needed to provide fortification, but not be an eyesore to its surroundings.
Over the course of five weeks, the architects and stone masons experimented with various masonry techniques. They eventually arrived at an intricate, repeating, brick-laying design, which is in line with traditional South Asian brise-soleils and shields from the sun while still allowing ventilation.
Read more about the project here.
(Images: Anagram Architects)