concrete geometric

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etsyfindoftheday 4 | FRIDAY FRENZY | 4.28.17

concrete coaster styles by madebyrheal

this coaster lover is all about concrete coaster styles — they’re sturdy and absorbent and can look pretty dang rad. LOVE the colors and gold accents on madebyrheal’s varied listings, plus their cool shapes are super fun and modern.

Part of the British Telecom complex on Friar’s Street, Inverness. 

This building is pink. It is, I would guess, inspired by the castle, which is further along the river; It has a round tower, it has horizontal bands and portrait orientation windows, it has chunky protrusions that are vaguely reminiscent of castellations. I guess this is the mid 20thC interpretation of the castle.

Is it Brutalist? Or is it only Brutalist if it’s “béton brut” concrete, and not pink sandstone? -Although I’d wager that’s just cladding or an outer skin, and that at least the top is pink concrete. It’s geometric, repetitive, massive in both size and in looking weighty, and a little bit sculptural with the form, but I am certainly no expert on 20thC architecture and am better at telling my Perpendicular from my Rayonnant and my Doric from Ionic… Anyone who wishes to enlighten me on some more recent architectural history than I am generally familiar with can feel free to educate me; learning things is good!

Something genuinely Gothic is the wall beside it - that dark grey wall encloses Inverness’ oldest cemetery, and the ruins of the Dominican Friary from 1223. That will get its own post, and interestingly has a bridge over it connecting two parts of the BT complex. 

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Terminal, a home in Korea by Japanese architecture firm, Apollo and associates, takes minimalism to another level by ensuring every element of the house is composed of either horizontal or vertical lines.

Images taken by Masao Nishikawa

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etsyfindoftheday 8 | 11.3.16

theme thursday: copper finds

dodecahedron concrete-and-copper geometric planter by pasinga

this cool concrete planter is accented by warm copper lines … love the varied hues of the concrete, don’t you? check out all of pasinga’s planter styles.

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Tomba de Brion | Carlos Scarpa

Carlos Scarpa is an Italian Architect influenced by the materials, landscape, and the history of Venetian culture, and Japan. Scarpa translated his interests in history, regionalism, invention, and the techniques of the artist and craftsman into ingenious glass and furniture design. Scarpa is buried adjacent to the Brion sanctuary. Several discrete elements comprise the Brion family burial site: a sloped concrete enclosing wall, two distinct entrances, a small chapel, two covered burial areas (the arcosolium for Giuseppe and Onorina Brion, and one for other family members), a dense grove of cypresses, a prato (lawn), and a private meditation/viewing pavilion, separated from the main prato by a separate and locked entrance, and a heavily vegetated reflecting pool.