1+2 House by Curious Practice
Newcastle firm Curious Practice took out the Think Brick Awards 2019’s New Entrant Award, while also receiving a high commendation for their 1+2 House. Utilising the same GB Masonry Smooth in Porcelain from Brickworks as in Ritz & Ghougassian’s Edsall Street project, 1+2 House denotes the honesty and pragmatism of block work.
Curious Practice designed a masonry block podium to serve as a robust island protecting the home from the high flood line, while providing an undercroft and protective entry courtyard. The masonry responds to the pattern of defensive neighbouring architecture, embracing the stoic and elemental block’s form. The design firm also challenged how the archetypal block can be used, through bespoke architectural elements including a secret stairway, exterior light shades and block screening.