A tribute to the Breeze Block and why we love them

We’re not far away from our move and already we have been thinking of the new garden and what amazing things we can do there!

One thought I did have was to build a breeze block wall to the side of our new carport to screen some utilities (maybe even an outdoor shower).  I don’t know a lot about the history of the breeze block (more might be found at Secret Design Studio or Modernist Australia), but it is a pretty stunning element of any mid-century home (all the way from Frankston South to Palm Springs)!

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I’m not sure what it is about a breeze block wall.  Could it be the solid structural integrity that is accompanied by a weightless appearance?  Maybe it’s the simple repeated geometry and pattern.

(Source – https://www.flickr.com/photos/buxwal/)

Whatever it is, even the simplest structure (such as the one below) provides a point of interest and contrast to the solid brick of a mid-century house.

A wonderful breeze block wall sits nicely at the back of this carport in Caulfield (Source – http://www.realestate.com.au)

As a masonry unit, the breeze block can even be combined with solid blocks to create greater interest to a garden wall (as seen below).

Source – http://www.realestate.com.au

A truly amazing material and one that is cherished by many MCM fans.

While trawling around the internet looking for inspiration, I happened upon moderndesign.org and more great breeze block images and designs.  Some you may have seen before, and more are to be found if you click on the link.

So why not spend a minute and browse some breeze block ideas for your next courtyard project!

Mid Century Decorative Concrete Screen Block | moderndesign.org.




2 thoughts on “A tribute to the Breeze Block and why we love them

  1. I love the patterns and the use of a material as basic as concrete. Those patterned breeze block walls probably work best in warm, dry climates, or in spaces under cover (I’m imagining them getting all stained and mossy elsewhere), but I can admire others’ block walls.

    (Did you buy a new place just to have a new garden to work on?! Just kidding. Mostly.)

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    1. Thanks Steph!

      The patterns are amazing and the fact it is plain concrete just makes it more amazing! So clean and simple and easy to work with.

      My wife is also a landscape architect so you could say that the opportunities in our new garden were a big draw card!


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