This Apartment Block is Covored in a Layer of Zigzagging Brickwork

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 10, 2015
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The Chilean studio 'MAPA' recently updated a vacant apartment building by covering it in a texture brick facade. When it comes to abandoned apartment buildings, sometimes a major overhaul is required. These architects managed to turn a derelict apartment block into a modern complex.

The adorned apartment building is located in the Providencia area of Santiago, Chile. The building dates back to the 1940s, yet it stood vacant for the past 30 years. To update the historic building, the designers added a textured brick facade that mimics the molding and stucco details of the nearby buildings. Each of the terracotta-colored bricks were split diagonally and then arranged in alternating rows. The unique arrangement created a zigzagging pattern which covers the front of the apartment.

The updated apartment block demonstrates how designers can restore abandoned structures without deviating from the historical style of the surrounding homes.