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Year End Random Photo #1 – materials in architecture

2021 Random Photo Series

As a way of rounding out the year, I have decided to share 3 random photos from my phone each week, along with a discussion about why I took the picture. This might give you a sense of how I think and who I am.

Random Photo #1:

A detail photo of a concrete block wall made with shaped blocks. You can see the little pyramid shaped reliefs on each block. Photo copyright 2021 David Locicero

This is a detail photo I took during a site visit to a potential project site.

I hadn’t seen concrete blocks with this pattern before. Here the standard 8 x 16 inch blocks had shallow protruding pyramids shapes. They had been stacked with the bases of the pyramids meeting. This added a diagonal component to the normal horizonal pattern that comes from standard blocks or bricks set in a running course.

I liked the way the shape added an additional complexity to the pattern of the wall, as well as providing more relief and shadows.

Repeating patterns fascinate me. I think there is a beauty to them and an aesthetic power, too.



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