What is a Glu-Lam?


Glued Laminated wood is an engineered, dimensioned timber consisting of multiple wood pieces essentially glued together to create a larger, more powerful construction member.  These high-strength construction units are factory-made which gives them known, controlled and specifically designed characteristics.  “Glu-Lams,” in comparison to regular construction timber, optimize our natural resources by not using solid pieces of wood, which requires older trees, but are composed of a smaller or younger variety of trees.

Glu-lams give designers more creative freedom to efficiently and affordably design larger spaces.  Glu-lams are usually used for large-scale projects where a large expanse of open space is needed such as for arenas or large gathering areas.  However the glu-lam can also be used for the smaller scale projects, such as homes,  giving more freedom in wood construction.  Glu-lams can be engineered into curves and unusual shapes not usually possible in traditional wood construction.

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3D Print

Ivy-Maison-203-Clutch-Odo-Fioravanti-13D printing refers to the creation of an object from the direction and guidance of a computer.  Some say the process is the beginning of a new industrial revolution given how it could impact almost every industry, including architecture and construction, and even medicine.

This purse is an example of how it has inspired the fashion industry.  Italian brand Maison 203 and industrial designer Odo Fioravanti designed this 3D printed clutch-style purse based on the geometry of a flower.  It is a football-shaped, icosahedric structure, meaning it has 20 faces to its shape.

The purse is 3D printed from sintered (layered) nylon giving it a hard, structured feel, and then is colored by hand.  It can be worn with a chain or used as a hand-held clutch.


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Fitting In

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Finding a common language in materials, proportions and form can help modern projects fit into more historic, established environments.

This house in historic Beaufort, North Carolina fits in well among the surrounding 1700-1800 era houses in this traditional waterfront neighborhood. Through proportion, setbacks, height and materials, this 21st century building is respectful to the past and yet it is designed for today, without mimicking or falsely reproducing the past.

Michael Stevenson, FAIA, used cedar and hardi-panel siding, painted white, to help the house fit into the white wood material palette of Ann Street, where white picket fences surround white clapboard historic homes.


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Marble by Soulis


Marble is a metamorphic rock, usually limestone or a dolomite rock.  It has been used for centuries as a stone for sculpture and architecture.  Its color and pattern vary greatly depending on its location it was quarried.

Architect Spiros Soulis spent ten years working in London for Lord Norman Foster doing large-scale, high-quality design.  After returning to his native country, Greece, Soulis began to design accessories and products carved from the ubiquitous and ever-present Greek marble.  “Even the sidewalks are made of marble here.” claims Soulis.

Surprisingly, meter per meter, marble weighs less than glass or concrete, which became one of Soulis’s point of inspiration for his products. His products are elegantly carved. They are also lightweight and user-friendly — things we do not usually associate with marble products.


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Peter Fudge


Modernity in the landscape can sometimes mean sharp lines and controlled edges but there can also be a softness and opportunities for uncontrolled nature.  Highly manicured landscapes often reference the historical gardens of the french 17th century such as designers like Andres Le Notre.

Peter Fudge brings a simplicity and a control to his landscape design with resulting elegance. His simple lines complement the existing landscape and architecture.  Based out of Woollahra, Australia, Fudge always uses local vegetation and materials to authenticate his designs.

Lessons can be learned from these Australian landscapes – such as the beauty of simplicity in the garden and the calming effect this can evoke.


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This white concrete chapel in Zollfeld, Austria exemplifies the beauty of simplicity and purity of form.  Architect Gerhard Sacher designed this family chapel to commemorate Maria Magdalena for family ceremonies, contemplation, festivities and tranquility.  The chapel is set within the holy proximity of the Hochosterwitz Castle and the pilgrmage church of Magdalensberg.  A dark bronze cross stand on the east-west axis to contrast the chapel’s pure white form.

The sculptural capacity of concrete makes it an appropriate material to mark the landscape in this symbolic and powerful manner. The white color is integral and is made by using white Portland cement and white sand in the concrete mix — a higher cost than normal grey.


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