As we step into the new year, the world of architecture and construction is evolving, bringing with it exciting trends and innovations. At Glen-Gery, we understand the importance of staying ahead of the curve. Here we'll explore the anticipated trends in brick, architecture, and building products for 2024, with a focus on color, style, and texture.
Sustainable Materials and Eco-Friendly Designs
In 2024, sustainability continues to be a key driver in architectural selections. Building materials with low environmental impact are gaining popularity, and this includes bricks. Homeowners and architects alike are increasingly drawn to eco-friendly brick options, which not only contribute to a greener planet but also offer durability and aesthetic appeal. Many Glen-Gery brick products contain recycled content, including our glazed and klaycoat product lines. To make these products even more eco-friendly, the coatings are applied to the green brick and only fired once, unlike other similar products on the market.
Earthy Tones and Natural Finishes
Expect to see a surge in demand for earthy tones and natural finishes in brick design. Warm, neutral colors such as terracotta, beige, and muted reds are making a comeback, providing a timeless and elegant aesthetic. Natural finishes enhance the texture of the bricks, creating a visually appealing and tactile surface. Glen-Gery’s new product, Buffalo Trail, is expected to stand out in the residential market for its rich color and rustic texture.
Innovative Brick Shapes and Sizes
Architects are embracing creativity by experimenting with unconventional brick shapes and sizes. Glen-Gery’s ability to produce custom shapes is a game changer in the industry. The Grand Mulberry, designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, is a perfect example of the possibilities of building and designing with custom shapes. From oversized bricks to intricate patterns, the trend leans towards unique designs that add a touch of individuality to each project. This shift allows for greater customization and personalization in architectural compositions.
Mixed Material Applications
The fusion of different materials in construction is gaining momentum. Expect to see more projects integrating bricks with other materials like glass, metal, or wood. This blending of textures and materials not only adds visual interest but also enhances the overall durability and functionality of the structure.
Advancements in technology are transforming the construction industry. The use of thin brick paired with an Advanced Cladding System is becoming increasingly popular as it extends the options of designers, architects, and builders by providing products and solutions which extend beyond just the brick. These Glen-Gery systems, such as Thin Tech and Tru-Brix, have been painstakingly developed to overcome antiquated limitations of space, time, and budget while making installation easy.
Bold and Geometric Patterns
Architectural designs in 2024 will showcase bold and geometric patterns using bricks. Whether it's intricate herringbone layouts, dynamic chevrons, or avant-garde shapes, architects are pushing the boundaries of conventional brickwork to create eye-
catching facades and interiors.
Textured Exteriors and Interiors
Texture plays a crucial role in defining the character of a building. Rough-hewn and textured bricks are gaining popularity for their ability to add depth and interest to both exteriors and interiors. Glen-Gery’s 2024 Color of the Year, Blue Smooth Ironspot, showcases a dark blue-black brick that make any modern design a standout project. Varying weather and lighting brings out the inherent luster and sheen in each individual brick. This tactile element creates a dynamic contrast with smoother surfaces, providing a rich and engaging visual experience.
As we navigate the evolving landscape of architecture and construction in 2024, the trends in brick design are diverse and exciting. From sustainable practices to innovative technologies and creative designs, the future promises a harmonious blend of functionality, aesthetics, and environmental consciousness. At Glen-Gery, we are committed to providing the finest brick options that align with these trends, empowering architects and builders to bring their visionary projects to life. Let's embark on this journey together, shaping the future of architecture one brick at a time.