Material Marriages (An Architect’s Favorite Pairings)

A look at why some materials — concrete and wood, glass and paint, brick and steel — just belong together.

Material selection during the design process strongly determines architectural character, defining the overall look and feel of the composition and space. Architects draw upon many devices when developing a material palette. Selections can reference the site or adjacent structures, or can be drawn from local building conventions, the climate and weathering concerns, or the building form itself. Sometimes the selections are a result of a specific client directive or are a creative solution to the project’s budgetary constraints. Other considerations are the quality of light a material might render or its tactile quality and color.

Then there are those material and color combinations that just belong together, contrasting and complementing in perfect harmony. In the video I examine a few of those pairings.

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