Brickwork is the construction of buildings or structures using bricks, rectangular blocks made of clay, shale, or a mixture of these materials, that are fired in a kiln at high temperatures to produce a hard, durable building material. It involves laying bricks in a pattern to create walls, arches, and other structures.

The process of building with bricks typically involves laying the bricks in a bed of mortar, a mixture of water, sand, and cement that acts as a glue to hold the bricks together. The bricks are laid in courses, or rows, with each course slightly overlapping the one below it. The courses are typically separated by a joint, which is a thin line of mortar that helps to evenly distribute the weight of the bricks and helps to prevent cracks from forming.

Brickwork is a durable and long-lasting building material that has been used for centuries. It is resistant to fire and weathering, and is able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. When properly constructed, brickwork is strong and able to withstand significant loads. In addition to its practical benefits, brickwork is also aesthetically pleasing, they can be made from locally sourced materials and can add a sense of warmth and character to a building when exposed.

Dulwich house
the lounge area

The ground floor extension to the rear garden provides ample living space, which also receives abundant natural light through large windows and skylights.

Dulwich house
the bench

The rough texture of the old brick party wall of the house becomes a distinctive element enhanced by the zenithal light from the skylight. Along this wall, there is a wooden seat, it’s an informal piece of furniture that serves as a sofa, bookshelf and tv bench.

Dulwich house
the skylights

The skylight is a delicate composition made of stainless steel profiles, tempered glass and plasterboard that serves to conceal the beams of the new slab structure. The flared shape of the openings allows more light to enter and enhances the dynamic appearance of the ceiling.