New developments across NYC attract homebuyers with intricate brick facades and classically inspired masonry details that harken back to 19th and 20th centuries. Exposed brick accentuates the exteriors of these buildings with its raw beauty making them contextually sensitive additions to the neighborhoods they are built in.
Front & York
Designed by famous architect Morris Adjmi, Front & York is a full-service, luxury urban oasis in Brooklyn’s most coveted waterfront neighborhood.
Drawing inspiration from DUMBO’s iconic Belgian-block streets and historic warehouse architecture, Front & York’s custom brick façade is made of 1.2 million custom-made Glen-Gery bricks in a distinct color that reflects the shade of the surrounding streets. The intricate façade is topped with a scalloped, custom-molded concrete Superframe handcrafted in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Lantern House, Thomas Heatherwick’s first residential project in North America, includes a 22-story west building and a 10-story east building, joined by a dramatic glass lobby pavilion draped under the High Line.
The building features a striking hand-laid antiqued grey brickwork facade. Manufactured in the United States by Taylor Clay Products in North Carolina, the bricks that line the exterior of Lantern House’s two buildings are custom color and shape designed especially for the project. The facade evokes the pre-war boom in high-rise masonry construction in New York during the 1920s, and pays homage to the lost art of traditional craftsmanship. The design and bricks feel rooted in and of New York and that was intentional. Thomas Heatherwick wanted to design something that is interesting to look at and could be part of the view.
180 East 88th Street
Designed by DDG and inspired by the boom in high-rise masonry construction in New York in the early 20th century, 180 East 88th Street pays homage to the lost art of traditional craftsmanship while maintaining a modern aesthetic.
The building’s exterior features a striking hand-laid brick facade made of nearly 600,000 handmade bricks by Denmark’s master brickworks Petersen Tegl. The distinctive bricks, which include the elegant, elongated Kolumba style, possess a thoroughly unique texture and color palette that reflect their handmade quality.
The Cortland is a new residential project located at 555 West 22nd Street across from the Hudson River Park in West Chelsea. The building represents a unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading architecture practices, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Olson Kundig.
Inspired by West Chelsea’s rich industrial heritage and the neighborhood’s historic architecture, The Cortland’s facade features a mix of limestone, brick, and metal detailing and uses over one million hand-made and hand-laid bricks giving the project a distinctly historical feel.
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