This is the so-called Poroscape designed by Studio Archiholic and built in Seoul, South Korea. The project is a pretty simple concrete and glass-framed retail space covered with a more varied and complex brick veil. This veil creates the different levels of opacity that the project’s name refers to; the porosity of light into the building during the day and out of the building at night. The black brick is a surprising choice, but I think it works well in contrast with the lighter concrete and the light actually filtering through the brick is even more apparent. Overall, the project is simple enough to enjoy but complex enough to appreciate. We’re so used to seeing brick buildings even though building technology has moved so far beyond the use of brick load-bearings walls. It’s nice to see brick being used in an expressive way.
Found through designboom