The theme for this week’s “Things We Like” was Material Combinations, chosen by Margaret. The group brought in a wide range of ideas and inspirations. Some showed a unique twist on standard exterior/interior building combinations, some used combinations to add contrast to structures or objects, and some concepts were out-of-the-box innovations for the construction industry.
To start, Margaret picked a uniquely designed community bank designed by Spore Architecture in Seattle. The unusual combination of corrugated metal, composite panels and cedar rainscreen provides an appealing juxtaposition between colour, texture, and pattern.
The Ebisu East Art Gallery in Japan inspired Melhik due to its exterior display. The effect of the “ripped” concrete effect on the building exterior designed to expose a reflective glass behind, requires new observers to step back and admire the distinctive appearance.
Jamil selected an interior shop rehabilitation designed by Benedetta Tagliabue. There is a wide variety of materials packed into the space, with this image fully displaying the beauty of the diverse colours, shapes and materials used in the flooring design.
Dee brought our attention to a material combination that has revolutionized many buildings and structures. The bio material looks like regular concrete, but has bacteria that has been added in. This bacteria can survive for 200 years in the concrete and becomes active when damage occurs to fill in the cracks.
Mila brought in photos from the Casa da Musica in Portugal. The trademark material use of this building is the manipulation of glass to form curtain-like displays all over the auditorium. The walls are covered with hand-painted tiles picturing a traditional pastoral scene, and some of the public floors are paved with aluminum.
Elyn picked a breathtaking table designed by ‘RIVA For Italy’. The company combined large pieces of wood and suspended it in resin to create a one-of-a-kind designer piece. The leg stand for the tabletop is constructed of metal, which is proof of the lasting impression that mixing materials can make.
Maria was inspired by thinking beyond regular tangible materials and selected a combination of concrete and the use of light with this awe-inspiring location image. It belongs to the ‘Church of Light’ located in Japan, which manipulates light to create the glowing cross.
Dirk’s photos of his own kitchen design show a beautiful display of material combinations for the interior furnishings. The space consists of cabinets made of rosewood, marble flooring, granite countertops and stainless steel chairs and appliances – materials that are not commonly combined for traditional kitchens which give an unmatched elegance to the space.
Julie chose a mix of copper and iron to show the contrast between the manufactured industrial appearance of the iron frame and the natural copper elements of richness and reflectiveness of colour. The combination also displays a variance in shape, with the often blocky copper shapes against the ornate iron rods.