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The rear of the proposal features a very ornate brickwork pattern based on Alvar Aalto’s Baker House method of using twisted and distorted overburnt bricks, set to the Brick Pattern generated from the Tomb of Chelebi Oghu. This pattern is used on the scheme’s facade to signify the religious parts of the building.

The pattern used on one of the six sides to the Tomb of Chelebi Oghlu is clearly based, at least in part, on Kufic script; the oldest calligraphic form of the Arabic scripts. It also features a spinning motif, one of the most frequently recurring patterns throughout Islamic art. Here the pattern has been adapted to the sizes of standard bricks rather than square cross sectional ones used previously.

Constructed iaround 1353, Sultaniya, Iran; the Tomb of Chelebi Oghlu is a superb precedent for what can be achieved decoratively with brick. Using standardized dimensioned bricks a repetitive islamic geometric pattern has been created without what some would consider the excessive nature of Brick Expressionism. The subtle use of different colored bricks is similar in language to Alvar Aalto’s Baker House, where twisted and distorted overburnt bricks were used at intervals of a seemingly plain elevation.