In the Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Chicago, it's not about the bricks per se; rather, it is with the mortar courses in between.Hi all
I hope I am allowed to post this question and hope that it is in the correct thread. I am just wondering what everyone’s favourite colour schemes for BRICK residential houses. So, brick colour (also shade), roof colour, guttering and piping, windows, entrance and garage doors.
If anyone has some pictures to share that would be greatly appreciated as well
Frank Lloyd Wright famously insisted that the VERTICAL sections of mortar be colored to match the color of the adjacent bricks. The horizontal courses were usually left "white", to contrast with the red of the bricks above and below.
He does this in order to increase the sense of HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT in the architecture (an idea he sort of adopted from traditional Japanese architecture).
You can see excellent examples of this in Chicago. I post a few examples, taken from flickr.
Robie House 1909 (University of Chicago). Notice the strong horizontal movement.
Heurtley House, 1902 (Oak Park). Notice that the same principle is also applied to the mortar courses in the archway.