Battesea Power Station
Battersea Power Station is one of the world’s largest brick buildings in the world, and a well-known landmark in London, England. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames in South West London, the structure is made up of two power stations to form a single building: Battersea A Power Station (built in the 1930s), and Battersea B Power Station (built in the 1950s). The coal-fired power station stopped generating electricity in 1983.
Hilversum Town Hall
The Town Hall in Hilversum, Holland (aptly named Hilversum Town Hall) was designed by Wilhelm Marinus Dudok. The brick structure was completed in 1931, and used approximately 680,000 yellow bricks during construction.
St. Martin’s Church
St. Martin’s Chuck, in Kortrijk, Belgium, is a Gothic monument built between 1930-1466. The 83-metre tall structure is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours.
Denmark’s Egeskov Castle is often regarded as one of Europe’s best preserved Renaissance water castles. Originally built by Frands Brockenhuss in 1554, the castle was built using ‘monk bricks’ (oversized medieval bricks).
Hardwick House, which sits on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England is a famed Tudor-styled brick home. It is rumoured to be the inspiration for the illustrations for Toad Hall, as featured in The Wind in the Willows.
One of the most renowned structures in the world is the Colosseum in the city center of Rome, Italy. The amphitheatre, built in 70-80AD under the rule of Emperor Vespasian was used for public spectacles. The bricks for the structure were made using local materials, including clay, sand straw, and pozzolana.
The famous Taj Mahal, Agra India’s treasured mausoleum is one of the most impressive masonry projects ever created. Built between 1632-1653, the World Heritage Site was built using white marble and inlaid with many semi-precious stones, including onyx, jade, turquoise, and bloodstone. For more information on the Taj Mahal, click here.