"Rigid members of structure supported at each and, subject to pending stresses from a direction perpendicular to its length" - this is an engineering definition of the beam. As we all (or most of us) know they are part of building structure. However in this post I am going to stress their decorative aspect.
It is quite often that during design process we have to make a decision if the structural beams (supporting floors above) are going to stay exposed or enclosed.
In renovation projects I do like to look for existing elements of the building and estimate their visual/aesthetic value. Then weight it against clients aesthetic preferences and atmosphere of the space we are aiming to achieve.
Exposed beams manifest solidity, strength, power, authenticity, history.
They also provide rhythm, and in many cases provide texture and detail which can be enhanced by treatment of the material from which they are manufactured.
Below several images of exposed beams in projects we were involved in.
Brick is a basic construction material used to build walls. Quite often (especially on the interior side) covered with insulation, plaster, paint etc
But what if the brick walls stay or get exposed? We are looking at some examples of decorative use of brick walls both interior and exterior. Different colors, patterns, textures and scale.
Below selected photos I've taken (many on my own projects) over the years.
Doors. Collection of images gathered in travels, walks, site visits. Made of wood, glass, stone, metal. Simple, ornate, hinged, pivoting, closed and open. This is a living post, we will update it periodically so stop by from time to time. Enjoy
Steel door of the warehouse converted into an apartment, Amsterdam.
One of the interior doors in liberty department store in London.
Entrance to architecture and design book shop in Antwerp, Belgium.
Riga de Honduras (Honduran Pine) used as roof underlayment. Seems quite unusual yet attractive.
Reclaimed brick floor.
Oak floor, change of direction as indication of space within space.
Volume of a residential building cantilevered over a plaza.
Reviewing installation of parquet floor.
Finishing projects, holidays of all sorts. Finally website is live - tons of improvements needed.
This morning we visited space designed by Benno Premsela.
Very interesting form, consistent treatment of each floor, tons of interesting details.
Here we go.
Time for setting up another website. It is in fact another newer version of the previous one. Enriched content showing most recent projects - some older projects will probably not make a cut. Thinking about combining it with other activities from different social media.
Running a blog again? Posting here versus FB, Instagram and Twitter?