Vienna – The humble brick: It is simultaneously ancient and avant-garde, pedestrian and pioneering. It is universal the world over, but used the world over in ways that are thoroughly local.
To celebrate the versatility of the brick, 200-year-old Austrian manufacturer Wienerberger, the world’s largest producer of bricks, has once again put out a call for submissions of outstanding examples of modern, innovative brick architecture. Submissions from architects, architecture critics and journalists began to be accepted online starting 7 January and will be accepted through 9 April. The ninth edition of the award will be presented in the early spring of 2020.
The Brick Award is endowed with €5,000 for each of the winners in the categories of Feeling at Home, Living Together, Working Together, Sharing Public Spaces and Building Outside the Box. Building Outside the Box, for instance, is a category embracing innovative concepts and methods of using brick, such as new construction technologies, custom-made brick or new ornamentation. One of them will actually receive €7,000 – that's the endowment for the Grand Prize winner, selected from one of the five awardees.
The brick is ancient and avant-garde, pedestrian and pioneering