#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 29: House VR, Belgium by lezze architecten, Belgium. The architect combined different sizes of bricks as it has a decorative effect and lends depth to the façade. Photographer: Filip Dujardin ow.ly/VKMlT

2016 nominee House VR, Belgium by lezze architecten, Belgium. The architect combined different sizes of bricks as it has a decorative effect and lends depth to the façade.

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 27: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, UK by O'Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland. The building is clad with bricks, with each brick offset from the next in an open-work pattern, creating dappled daylight inside and glowing like a lattice lantern at night.  Photographer: xy ow.ly/VUaRz

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, O'Donnell + Tuomey, Designs of the Year London, Design Museum

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 6: Brick-topia, Spain by Map13 Barcelona, Spain. This temporary project is a vaulted unreinforced masonry structure made with the traditional Catalan technique of tile vaulting.  Photographer: Manuel de Lózar y Paula López

2016 nominee Brick-topia, Spain by Barcelona, Spain. This temporary project is a vaulted unreinforced masonry structure made with the traditional Catalan technique of tile vaulting. Photographer: Manuel de Lózar y Paula López

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 35: Groen Steenbrugge, Belgium by Architecten Groep III cvba, Belgium. The architect only used clear and pure materials like bricks and roof tiles of the same colour. This way, the dark brown buildings perfectly blend in with the green surroundings.   Photographer: Architecten Groep III

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 35: Groen Steenbrugge, Belgium by Architecten Groep III cvba, Belgium. The architect only used clear and pure materials like bricks and roof tiles of the same colour. This way, the dark brown buildings perfectly blend in with the green surroundings. Photographer: Architecten Groep III

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 3: Kleuterschool de Gekko, Belgium by Dok / Moke Architectenn, NL. To visually connect the new buildings to the existing old town hall, bricks have been used, which at the same time add a robust and secure feeling to the kindergarten. Photographer: Thijs Wolzak

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 3: Kleuterschool de Gekko, Belgium by Dok / Moke Architectenn, NL. To visually connect the new buildings to the existing old town hall, bricks have been used, which at the same time add a robust and secure feeling to the kindergarten. Photographer: Thijs Wolzak

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 20: Police Headquarters & Charleroi Danses, Belgium by Atelier Jean Nouvel, France & MDW ARCHITECTURE, Belgium. The new 75m elliptical passive-energy tower, clad with blue glazed brick, is only one element of the whole complex, which creates a new landmark for the city.  Photographer: Filip Dujardin

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 20: Police Headquarters & Charleroi Danses, Belgium by Atelier Jean Nouvel, France & MDW ARCHITECTURE, Belgium. The new 75m elliptical passive-energy tower, clad with blue glazed brick, is only one element of the whole complex, which creates a new landmark for the city. Photographer: Filip Dujardin

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 15: Espriss cafe, Iran by Hooba design group, Iran. Considering the only 28m² small place, standard bricks had to be cut into smaller pieces. Photographer: Parham Taghioff

2016 nominee Espriss cafe, Iran by Hooba design group, Iran. Considering the only small place, standard bricks had to be cut into smaller pieces.

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 12: Belleville housing project, France by Antonini Darmon Architecte, France. The façades of the five “small” houses and the existing building are given a matt white plaster finish, which rest on a base covered with shiny white enamelled bricks, a reminder of the neighbourhood’s past. Photographer: Julien Lanoo

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 12: Belleville housing project, France by Antonini Darmon Architecte, France. The façades of the five “small” houses and the existing building are given a matt white plaster finish, which rest on a base covered with shiny white enamelled bricks, a reminder of the neighbourhood’s past. Photographer: Julien Lanoo

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 14: House Dejaeghere-François, Belgium by PCp-architects, Belgium. The main volume is wrapped in red ceramic tiles with dark brown nuances. A seamless transition without any further details combines façade and roof into one uniform surface.  Photographer: Ben Antoniw

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 14: House Dejaeghere-François, Belgium by PCp-architects, Belgium. The main volume is wrapped in red ceramic tiles with dark brown nuances. A seamless transition without any further details combines façade and roof into one uniform surface. Photographer: Ben Antoniw

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 17: Herringbone House, UK by CHAN+EAYRS, UK. The light shade of herringbone brickwork articulates the houses’ two volumes and frames the picture windows setting the house apart from the other buildings on the street.  Photographer: Mike Tsang Photographs; Thomas Giddings

This warm and modest house strikes a perfect balance between luxurious and minimal. With a clean white theme throughout and splashes of colour coming from

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 32: ABC building, Korea by WISE Architecture, Korea. Correlating with the rather humble and decent design the architects chose black brick as the main building material.  Photographer: Hyo Sook Chin ow.ly/VXAPR

2016 nominee ABC building, Korea by WISE Architecture, Korea. Correlating with the rather humble and decent design the architects chose black brick as the main building material.

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 34: Sala Ayutthaya, Thailand by Onion, Thailand.  The tall red brick walls of this boutique hotel are framing the path and the sky at the same time with its multiple curves and create constantly changing shadows. Photographer: Wison Tungthunya

2016 nominee Sala Ayutthaya, Thailand by Onion, Thailand. The tall red brick walls of this boutique hotel are framing the path and the sky at the same time with its multiple curves and create constantly changing shadows.

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 11: House of Trace, UK by TSURUTA ARCHITECTS, UK. The architects paid particular attention to the original brick profiles so that new and original brick courses intentionally don’t match and thus create clear contrast on the façade. Photographer: Tim Crocker

A south London residence updated with a two-storey lightwell has been named winner in a competition to find London's best house extensions

#WienerbergerBrickAward 2016 nominee 46:  2226, Lustenau Austria by Baumschlager Eberle, Austria. This inspiring office building, has no heating, ventilation or cooling system and still provides a perfect indoor climate thanks to it's well planned architecture and solid brick walls.

2016 nominee Lustenau Austria by Baumschlager Eberle, Austria. This inspiring office building, has no heating, ventilation or cooling system and still provides a perfect indoor climate thanks to it's well planned architecture and solid brick walls.

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