PIXELS MADE OF FACING BRICKS
The newest building of the Kadr Community Centre in Warsaw’s district Mokotów is a unique project not only because of its multifunctional character, but thanks to its extraordinary looks. Situated among Mokotów’s typical concrete flats, the architects opted for a custom designed facade. The whole cladding was made with black matte facing bricks – a material characteristic to the buildings of former industrial buildings, where the factory infrastructure was built with modular brick fronts. Kadr Community Centre’s façade wouldn’t be so unusual, if it weren’t for the fact that the facing bricks were arranged in a way that is extremely rare in the Polish architecture – in protruding patterns.
The Community Centre logo that includes hands capturing a frame, has also been incorporated into the design. Therefore, the building’s façade features colourful handprints created with facing bricks which thanks to their resemblance to pixels are an ideal material for reliefs or images on building façades. “The symbol of hands capturing a frame is a part of the Community Centre logo, we had an idea that the hands on exterior walls may belong to various people – adults, kids, a woman, a man and elders. The mosaic on the façade is intended to symbolize the social role of the Community Centre as a place of integration” – that’s how the unique idea is described by architects of the project, Małgorzata Dąbrowska-Graj and Tomasz Graj of Projekt Samograj studio.
The brick is universal. Its shape, size and texture carry a lot of message and emotions. This is inculcated in every one of us as a symbol.
The architects also emphasize the durability of the building material and the immensity of possibilities resulting from the unification of brick sizes. The clay facing brick is an ideal material for this kind of utility façades as the maintenance cost is optimized and the cladding is representative and timeless.
Project name“Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw, Poland
ArchitectUNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj
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Year of completion2016