Iranian architecture firm Sstudiomm is using digital technology to examine how bricks can be assembled to create imaginative buildings.
Iran has a long tradition of brick construction, as clay and lime mortar are among the most readily available materials in the country.
Standard buildings, such as housing blocks, are generally made of plain brick walls, while landmark buildings are built with traditional bricks and coated with decorative plaster and tiles, or feature brickwork that forms geometrical patterns.
But by using 3D modelling, Sstudiomm has the ability to generate sophisticated brickwork patterns and make the ornamental character of Iranian architecture accessible to a larger part of the population.
As Sttudiomm’s facade for an apartment block in the city of Damavand shows, stencils allow the assembly of bricks into a geometric pattern.
The firm developed the various patterns using a pattern that rotates the bricks between 9 and 27 degrees depending on their position. Beside the laser cutting of stencils, the construction requires little new technology and mostly relies on local resources and crafts.