2020 results

Unhistoric Townhouse
by System Architects

System Architects

System Architects has designed a twisting brick facade for a landmark building in New York's historic Tribeca neighbourhood.

The complex geometry is mirrored within, where an interior wall of twisted bricks anchor the building; its curves providing seating, shelving and even a fireplace. But the radical twists and folds are accomplished with standard-sized bricks.

The bold design was approved by the local Landmarks Preservation Commission in a rare unanimous vote. The result is a remarkable new type of building, one rooted in the area's past, signalling that a new era has arrived.

This project has been longlisted in the urban house project category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Architect: System Architects
Project: Unhistoric Townhouse

See all the projects shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020 and vote for your favourites


  • Dezeen Awards 2021 sponsor Longboard
  • Dezeen Awards 2021 sponsor Dodds and Shute
  • Dezeen Awards 2021 Sponsor Kingspan

Media partners

  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-stir
  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-detail
  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-ADF
  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-position
  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-designwire
  • dezeen-awards-2021-media-partner-v2com-newswire