Thursday Salute to Originals: Brick Stream

A backlit facade explores parametric-style lines made from brick.

Driving through the streets of Arak, Iran, blocks of residential buildings surround what is considered the industrial capital of the country. Among the flat facades of apartments and administrative buildings, a single office tower stands apart with waves of texture and light.

This building is part of an innovative architectural project featuring Farhad Mirzaie’s interpretation of parametric design—a digitally-produced architectural trend powered by algorithmic 3-D modeling.

The parametric design imitates the curving forms found in the natural world, often functioning as a disruption to the predictable angles and hard edges of most construction and grid-shaped cities.

To construct the wave, hard edges of individual bricks protrude and interlace in a pattern that also acts as a layer of privacy from external eyes. The arrangement still allows for natural light to peek through to windows into the interior while obscuring lines of sight.

This Thursday, we’re saluting Farhad Mirzaie’s practice in parametric architecture. You can view more of his work, including contemporary interiors, on Instagram.

Sources: Farhad Mirzaie, This is Colossal