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.
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.
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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