Masonry magic: Winners of the 2016 Brick Awards were chosen from more than 200 entries.
Recipient of the refurbishment award was New Loom House in London by Duggan Morris Architects. Described by the jury as ‘well considered and elegantly refurbished’, the listed former warehouse now comprises offices, a reception and cafe. A deep steel lintel juxtaposed with ‘woven’ brickwork, a suspended metalwork screen, and ‘woven’ metal gates signal the building’s new west-facing entrance. The planning requirement to re-use the existing brick (arising from new wall openings) facilitated careful removal and storage of the fragile 124-year-masonry. Variations in the size and shape of the ungauged bricks required exceptional skill and expertise for the reclamation and laying process.