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Alternating Brick Facades

'Akasaka Brick Residence' Uses a Recursive Design

— December 19, 2017 — Art & Design
'Akasaka Brick Residence', an apartment building in Tokyo, has a unique design that hides a subtle bit of recursion. The building features balcony facades covered by an enmeshed red brick pattern, but those patterns then collect into alternating sections of bricks and open space, meaning that the building incorporates the same pattern on both a micro and a macro level.

The clever, recursive design comes from KINO Architects, a local Japanese studio. According to the studio, the bricks also represent a form of the curtains that Tokyo renters typically use to separate themselves from the outside environment.

Beyond the symbolic meanings behind the design, Akasaka Brick Residence's facade serves as a convenient way to suck up heat during the hot, humid summers in Tokyo while storing and releasing that excess heat during the cooler evenings.
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