Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Wins AIA NC Honor Award for Triangle Brick Headquarters

Top Quote The modern project honors the history of the site and the architectural legacy of the parent company. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) November 21, 2012 - The Triangle Brick Headquarters in Durham, NC, designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L), has received a 2012 Honor Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC).

    The 18,000-square-foot project is the North American base of operations for German parent company Röben Tonbaustoffe. The project consists of corporate offices, a product Design Center, and a uniquely landscaped "Brick Garden."

    The office wing is a simple two-story volume oriented for views to a pond on the south and to the garden on the north. The building is intentionally narrow to provide all offices with natural daylight and views of the exterior. Public spaces include the lobby and adjacent gathering space and the gallery link between the offices and the Design Center. The remainder of the office "bar" features private offices, conference rooms, work spaces, storage, restrooms, and an employee break room.

    The site and buildings are organized around a masonry wall that begins outdoors at the entrance sequence, then extends through the lobby and on out into the site again. As this wall moves from outside to inside, it transforms from being a planter and seating wall to a lobby wall incorporating a fireplace and interior windows. This large brick wall is the defining architectural element of the project.

    The Design Center is a residential-scaled space housing a variety of stationary and interactive displays of brick. The main space is two stories high and is primarily oriented toward the "Brick Garden."

    Acknowledging the residential scale of this building and the architectural influence from the parent company, the building's design incorporates a pitched roof clad in black clay tile and zinc cladding on a large roof dormer.

    The "Brick Garden," which recently received an award from the NC chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is a geometrically composed space featuring spinning brick panels. The panels display a range of products and allow potential customers to view their selections under different daylight conditions. They also serve as a kinetic element in the landscape.

    The site, located on NC 55, has evolved over the years from a brick manufacturing facility and clay pit to Triangle Brick's corporate headquarters.

    "And to acknowledgement the history of the site, we also incorporated brick cubes, evenly spaced and aligned, as sculptural elements, forming an edge to the Garden," said Lee, who was joined on the project's design team by PBC+L's Irvin Pearce, AIA; and Rob Harkey, AIA.

    The annual AIA NC Design Awards celebrate the achievements of architects across the state and recognize a select group of diverse projects that distinguish themselves both in response to their clients' needs and design excellence. For more information, visit

    Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee maintains offices in Raleigh and Asheville, NC. For more information on the firm, visit

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