The current trend for all things Scandinavian makes a strong case for warm and welcoming wood, but a new book explores the architectural possibilities of one of the world’s oldest and most enduring building materials: the brick.

Inexpensive and resilient, the trusty brick has proved a stalwart in urban construction, and these contemporary buildings show just how flexible it can be.

Whether you’re a design enthusiast or simply looking for your next great Instagram, there’s sure to be a building on this brick bucket list that will have you wanted to pack a bag and book a ticket.

Exploring the world’s most innovative brick design projects of the past 15 years, ‘100 Contemporary Brick Buildings’ by Philip Jodidio includes new talents like Argentina’ Diego Arraigada and Vietnam’s Nguyen Hai Long as well as established starchitects such as Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor.

Several London landmarks are included in their selection, such as Herzog & De Meuron’s 2016 Tate Modern extension – a former Bankside power station that cleverly used the material to reference the brickwork of Giles Gilbert Scott’s original structure.

Here, we’ve selected eight of our favourites from their edit, including Diego Arraigada’s perforated Brick House in Argentina and Alvaro Siza’s boxy red Llinars del Valles auditorium in Barcelona.

Available via Evening Standard.

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