Indian studio Renesa used earth-colored masonry to form the entire facade and interior of a brickmaker’s showroom in New Delhi.
The retail space was designed for local company Jindal Mechno Bricks, which has been producing bricks, tiles and pavers for over 50 years.
Renesa designed the showroom as a celebration of the humble brick, which the studio describes as “building’s strongest foundation.”
With this in mind, the entire front of the showroom is hidden behind reddish-brown bricks with blackened spots.
The exterior is punctuated by a number of small square windows, with the bricks laid concentrically around them.
Masonry also covers all surfaces of the interior of the showroom, which Renesa says was designed to give customers the impression of having “stepped into the chambers of a classic brick kiln”.
Thin bricks were even used to create a barrel vaulted ceiling.
As the bricks have been fired at different temperatures, they vary in tone to create a mottled effect.
The color of the bricks is also subtly altered by the sunlight entering through the front windows, sometimes casting them in a pale, peachy hue while other times making them appear beige or pale pink.
“Dotted with a lyrical concoction of a range of earthy hues and brick-bonding patterns, the venue allowed the bricks to become the true blue protagonist of the spatial scheme,” the studio explained.
Jindal Mechno Bricks’ products are featured in square niches on the rear wall, designed to echo the windows outside the showroom.
A selection of bricks is also featured on the thick brick plinths that rise from the ground.
Beyond the main exhibition area is a bathroom, a small office, and a pantry where staff can get drinks and snacks.
This is not the first time that Renesa has made intensive use of brick in her projects.
The studio, which was founded by architect Sanjay Arora in 2006, has previously used hollow terracotta blocks to create striking room dividers for an interior design showroom in the town of Amritsar, in the north west India.
Other Renesa projects include a surreal board game bar in New Delhi and a daily restaurant in the Punjab with green granite interiors.
The photograph is by Niveditaa Gupta.