At Croft, we always pay great attention to the details in our projects, the choice of materials and products can make or break a building.
For one of our recent new build projects, we took a trip with our client to York Handmade Bricks to assess the options, for the most prominent material on this project.
We were looking for a brick that brings a sense of craftsmanship to the appearence as well as a varience in texture and tone that is rarely seen in modern buildings. The way that brickwork is produced here, makes all of this possible, and we settled on a choice with their 'Old Clamp Blend'.
York handmade also specialise in various different sizes, shapes and configuration and they will pretty much make anything you can imagine in clay!
This gave us an opportunity to look at the form factor of a brick.
We have chosen to use a brick that harks back to tudor construction, a 2x10 inch or 50 x 250mm size. This a wider and shorter varient that appealed as it will visually help the building to tie into the expansive landscape, giving the simple form factor a more linear appearence in detail. Interestingly we also all felt that this size felt proportionally more pleasing, and in comparison, a standard brick appeared a bit dumpy!
We also love that all the clay is from their site in yorkshire and we are only 40 minutes from Sheffield, its great to support local producers and lower the embodied energy of our materials as much as we can!
It will be great to start exploring the detail junctions and patterns possible with this brick selection!