Call them ‘air bricks’, ‘ventilation blocks’, ‘breeze bricks’, ‘breeze blocks’, whatever you like, I just love it that Aussie architect Sam Marshall (aka @breezeblockhead) has taken it upon himself to survey and record pics on his Instagram feed of these sun-and-wind-blocking architectural features (also known as brise soleil* screens), beloved of Mid-century enthusiasts and tropical climes.
This is the kind of geek-dom to which I can really relate. I mean, an instagram post entitled ‘watching a breezeblock about to be born’ had me fumbling my phone as I tried hitting ‘like’ and taking a screengrab all at once.
And then there’s that list of hashtags too. I TOTALLY #brakeforbreezeblocks. Do you?
Actually, I’m serious about whether or not you #brakeforbreezeblocks, as I’ve started the instagram hashtag to record South African brise soleil* screens. If you’re a local enthusiast, please join in and record your finds, along with a short description of the place and building, and (of course) the #BriseSoleilSA hashtag.
*Brise Soleil is a French term, that literally means ‘break the sun’, and is pronounced “breeze so-lay”.