Brick Awards 2019 - the winners

The Brick Award 2019 winners

These inspiring self-builds prove that brick still has a place in contemporary construction

By Hugh Metcalf |

The Brick Development Association’s Brick Awards are an annual celebration of the best uses of clay bricks in our built environment, from commercial buildings to large housebuilders, innovative ideas to singular examples of creative designs using bricks. The winners of 2019 have now been announced, with Kenwood Lee coming out top in the hotly contested Individual Housing Development award.

Take a look at this year’s winner, as well as the other hugely deserving nominees on the Brick Awards shortlist.

Kenwood Lee

You may recognise Kenwood Lee, this year’s winner of best Individual Housing Project at the Brick Awards, as it also made the longlist for RIBA’s House of the Year competition, featuring on Grand Designs: House of the Year.

The property is undeniably modern, but draws design favours from the Arts & Crafts movement that characterises Highgate Conservation Area, where the home has been built. Architects Cousins & Cousins chanelled this inspiration through a focus on detailing, especially with brickwork. A stepped brick side chimney, perforated brick window screen and flush pointing are just a few noteworthy design elements they’ve employed.

The property inside is just as impressive, with a concrete core at the heart of the house, rising through all 3 of the building’s above ground levels.

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Photo: Kenwood Lee, Brick Awards 

Hulmefield Hall

You may be forgiven thinking Hulmefield Hall is an ancient family legacy, however, the halls and outbuildings, which cover over 25,000 square foot, are all new builds.

And yet, the ideas incorporated into the property are far from old fashioned. Renewable energies in the form of ground source and air source heat pump systems offer heating for the house and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Hulmefield Hall is a brick new build designed in the style of a stately hall

Photo: Hulmefield Hall, Brick Awards

Haringey Brick House

With clients looking to make better use of the space where a disused garage stood, Satish Jassal architects created this small but perfectly formed property.

It has a footprint of just 3.6 by 8.6 metres, and planning rules dictated that they could only include windows in the front and side of the building, due to what the property overlooked at the rear. The budget for the entire build was just £170,000.

The Ibstock brick has been carried through inside the home, making a dynamic interior statement of the design.

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Photo: Haringey Brick House, Brick Awards 

Ten Oaks

Ten Oaks Farm is a striking design – from above, it’s a series of concentric circles around a central courtyard, while from the ground its tilting roof creates playful, alien vistas.

The house is part of a larger farm site, which echoes the strange, crop circle-like shapes in its layout, yet the design marries this super modern design with traditional building materials such as these red clay bricks to bring the structure back down to earth.

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Photo: Ten Oaks, Brick Awards 

Terracotta House

The Terracotta house, designed by Annabelle Tugby Architects, is a new addition to a site which also houses a 116 year old property that has significance for locals. After receiving 80 objections to plans to develop on the site, the architects created a design that was sympathetic in material and colour to the existing environment, and were rewarded by winning over objectors who hadn’t at first bought into the concept of building on this land.

Rustic red brick is used for the lower half, while terracotta tiles have been used for the roof and cladding to reduce the building’s visual impact.

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Photo: Terracotta House, Brick Awards