A few buildings and spaces that have caught my attention lately have had one thing in common -an integration of planes and material, held off or touching one another, laced over or glossed expressing a mirrored place, unraveling as one walks through a place. The architecture is cognoscente of being touched and lived-in and I am fascinated by it! Enjoy~
Navy Federal Credit Union – Rheinzink
Ceramiche Supergres has won the prestigious ECOHITECH 2009 AWARD in the “Hi-tech eco-virtuous products” category for its latest innovative porcelain stoneware collection, A.I.R. (Architecture in Respect), manufactured using a high percentage of post-consumer recycled material (CRT glass) derived from the recovery of the cathode ray tubes of obsolete TV sets and PC monitors. – Ceramic Industries
Liberty Tiles post industrial recycled content glass tiles that look like sun streaked stain glass through a cathedral window on a sunny day. – Jetson Green
Step Up on 5th in Santa Monica, CA by Pugh & Scarpa
These screens not only play with color, but they dapple light to amuse the passerby and serve as an exterior screen, a passive house strategy, that blocks the sunlight from a window on the exterior side of the glazing. -Architecture Record
Pugh + Scarpa have been on my favorite architect list since I was introduced to their work surrounding the rebuilding of New Orleans. Their Make-It-Right duplex has the true lines of a house that I appreciate. Their houses look like houses, and when they need to rise above the ground they do so with a barely noticeable way of growing.