Brix condominiums

Photo by Chris McCormick
Different bricks were used on the east and west buildings of the Brix to give them their own identities.

Location: Seattle
Mason contractor: R&D Masonry
Architect:ithun Architects
Materials supplier: Mutual Materials Co.

Brix demonstrates a high-density model for urban living by transforming the site of a defunct supermarket into a vibrant mixed-use development.

The brick exterior allows the introduction of a pressure-equalizing “rain screen” chamber. The choice of two different bricks gives the east and west buildings their own identities. If you didn’t know that the two buildings shared a courtyard and common ownership, you may think that they are more than one development.

An interior Anhalt-style courtyard complements the scene, creating a garden sanctuary shared equally by residents.

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