Throughout Northern Italy lies Etruria, the country of the Etruscans, from which ‘Tuscany’ takes its name. The ‘Tuscan’ character is best known for its use of rustic stone, heavy timbers, red clay roof tile, and a ‘village’ composition of forms and courtyards that often overlap and promote each other as a balanced massing of structures.
Modern Architecture is often described as an experience of ‘movement through space’, as compared to experiencing ‘space from a static’ point. The composition is usually composed of very clean lines with lots of glass and a strong sense of the structure. The detailing is clean and the concept of ‘form follows function’ is clearly expressed.
The ‘Santa Fe’ or ‘Pueblo’ style originated in Northern New Mexico as an expression of the village character of the indigenous Native Americans. The feeling is usually quite casual and it is best known for its thick walls with deep recesses, ‘viga’ beamed roof structures and a ‘soft’ interpretation of overlapping masses that form a casual and pleasing composition.
As a response to the arid climate of the desert, Southwestern Architecture draws its roots from a historical response to this climate. It is exemplified by its use of thick walls with deep recesses, overhangs to protect the windows and doors from the sun, and large, shaded, outdoor courtyards that are often an extension of the indoor space. A ‘Spanish Hacienda’ is a good example of this type of Architecture.
This style is often described as a rugged response to the colder, harsher climate found in the mountains. It is characterized by steep roofs, the expression of a strong, heavy timber structure, and rugged stone work. The exterior is often composed of round logs, squared heavy timbers, or stout wood planking. This style is known for its strength and ability to protect its occupants from a harsh environment.
Here are some photos of the models and renderings of some of our upcoming projects.