Architects Design Dynamic Façade With Rotating Bricks for Maximum Sunlight and Privacy

Revolving Bricks Serai by Farhad Mirzaie and A.P.P Architects & Associates

Typical glass office buildings often struggle finding a way to allow natural light in while maintaining privacy. Architect Farhad Mirzaie and A.P.P Architects & Associates have constructed a parametric brick screen that does both. Designed for an office building in the Iranian city of Arak, Revolving Bricks Serai uses an algorithim to define the rotation of bricks on the façade.

The gradual rotation of the bricks creates a rippling effect that reads differently from whichever angle it is viewed. The appearance is enhanced further with another carefully considered detail. The short ends of each brick are colored with shades of blue and green to highlight the effect of the rotation.

Parametric design is a popular trend in contemporary architecture. It helps designers to achieve futuristic forms and a high level of control over a series of design moves. Bricks are an especially useful medium for parametric design tools because the small units can be manipulated in a variety of ways; including pushing, pulling, and (in this case) rotating.

For more innovative projects, check out the designer's work on Instagram.

Architect Farhad Mirzaie and A.P.P Architects & Associates have constructed a parametric brick screen for a building in Arak, Iran.

Brick Screen of Revolving Bricks Serai by Farhad Mirzaie and A.P.P Architects & Associates

Revolving Bricks Serai’s dynamic brick screen allows light to enter offices while maintaining privacy.

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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