Exterior Materials: Texture Talk

While my ideabooks have a tendency to check at the big picture, the overall form of a home or sometimes particular elements that go into a layout, every now and then I love to zoom in and focus on stuff. Here is another attribute with close-ups of substances, a number of them fairly typical but most of them anything but. Exterior applications are the focus of this ideabook, but a future one will take a step indoors.

Bauhaus Custom Homes

Astute and frequent readers probably know I am a big fan of rust. Cor-Ten steel are located in dishes but also corrugated bits, like on this residence in Dallas. I’ll acknowledge the look and texture isn’t right for everybody, but the juxtaposition using the cactus inside this picture — quite appropriate, actually — makes the rust quite attractive.

WA Design Architects

More rust. This undertaking by WA Design utilizes thin sheets of weathering steel punctuated by exposed fasteners. When using any metallic skin, it’s important to think about how it is secured — exposed, hidden, fitting, contrasting, gridded, irregular and so forth. The grid of screws here is clearly intentional.

Jobe Corral Architects

Steel can also take different endings, for example gray-blue look. The natural variation within the tiny panels is a wonderful touch, as would be the flat wood dividers.

MICHAEL HENNESSEY ARCHITECTURE

Here is a functional construction in Sonoma, California, that is coated in vertical metal siding. A mesh grid situated a few feet before the metallic surface is an armature for climbing plants, softening the whole building.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Gray cement board panels cover part of this house in New York’s Catskill Mountains designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture. The grid of fasteners breaks down the scale of these panels. The gray-blue finish is a wonderful contrast with the wood.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Another Res: 4 project uses cedar siding, a more typical direction of cladding a home than cement panels. Regardless, the variant found in this small area at the bottom corner of a window is striking; This really is the type of natural variant that fiber cement can not reach.

Bauhaus Custom Homes

We can see a similar type of variation in the wood siding, exactly the same project as the corrugated rust that starts the ideabook. In a sense the two substances complement each other: They are both flat and possess their own kind of natural variant.

Delta Lumber & Millworks

The wood edition of weathering steel (that the oxidization of steel to provide a protective barrier) is that the Japanese tradition of shou-sugi-ban. Burning cedar or another wood gives it a charcoal barrier that is rot and fire resistant … and very distinctive looking.

Mell Lawrence Architects

Last is the superb scaly outside of this aptly called Concrete Studio by architect Mell Lawrence. The cast-concrete building is similar to a monolithic mass that is broken down in scale throughout the texture; the shadows accentuate it. The holes left by the formwork also give the walls a distinctive look.

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