This is a nifty little building experiment. Starting with the humble brick wall, this renovation explores quasi-thickening the exterior façade to provide both texture as well as interior utility.
The result is this rich brick wall laid out in this checkerboard pattern of solid and void, whether windows or actual void at the top where a roof terrace resides. The thickening part comes from pushing in each edge of the checkerboard to create a waffle of alcoves. On the outside, each of the windows is pushed in, allowing for plants and greenery to grace the city.
Within, each of these alcoves are used for built-in desks, shelving, seating, or other furniture. Windows alternate from low to high, a sculptural assemblage that brings visual interest and also lets light penetrate deep within the units.
This is cool. It takes a local tradition and building material, and uses it in a new way to create a nifty face to the city (+ greenery) while also doing double duty and trying out something different for the apartments inside. Plus the name of the project is a lot of fun: