Cham-Inspired Brick Interiors
I have not kept my love
for all things stone and wood hidden from any of you, so it should not come as a surprise that I love interiors that have a touch of brick!
Red brick walls, yellow brick walls, painted white, green, pink…you name it! If a wall has a brick texture to it, I’m smitten.
I was browsing through some fabulous photos of my trip to Vietnam and was reminded of the wonderful time I had visiting the Po Nagar Towers in a small suburb near Nha Trang. These towers are ancient, and the best part is that they are constructed entirely out of BRICK! They were made during the 7th to 12th centuries and are still in tact for public viewing today (well, half of the towers are still standing, the others were destroyed by jealous, looting neighbouring countries).
The Cham (or Champa) civilization was responsible for the design and construction of these towers (they also produced a large chunk of the incredible sculpture and architecture that is admired throughout Southeast Asia). Over nearly 1500 years, the Cham civilization managed to invent impressive building techniques and bring incredible feats of architecture to life with minimal tools and resources.
Before I ramble on for hours about the Cham, let’s look at some of the photos of the Po Nagar Towers.
You can see from the above photos that when used correctly, brick can infuse a structure with a fair amount of texture. These photos got me thinking about my love for brick interiors. Here’s a few examples where brick has been successfully integrated into the overall design and decor concept.
Surely these brick interiors would make the Cham proud! Like I’ve said before, inspiration can strike at any time, and now I’m glad I’ve taken so many photos of my travels because looking back on them often results in instant inspiration.