Stone Creek Camp: Andersson-Wise

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Regional Modernism is an architectural language of expressing regional architectural forms, often with a regional material palette, but arranging the elements (both in plan and elevation) in a more contemporary manner. I really appreciate this direction of architectural pursuit, as it both relates to our regions cultural past while advancing the architectural technology and artistic expression for our current societal state. This series of dwellings, designed by Andersson-Wise Architects, in Austin, Texas is a great example of just how creativity on the part of the architect can liven up the traditional gabled-roof building form.

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The architects use of a diverse material palette highlights the different elements in this design, seemlessly blending the architecture, hardscape and landscape.  The building just looks like it belongs in it’s environment.  

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Elements such as the green roof and gravel drive illustrate the architects sensitivity to the surrounding lanscape, while the uses of steel, concrete, stone, glass, and wood add to the value of the designs life cycle cost, as these materials can all lend themselves to recycling and reuse for future generations.

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Although this project appears to have had a hefty budget, the principles used throughout this design are simple and don’t have to be costly to achieve similar results. Then again, sometimes you just have to be willing to pay for good design.

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