A Modern Building in an Ancient Material, Stone by RLDA
The suppression of an image and a conscious abandonment of iconographic elements was important as we wanted the building, through association, to belong to the embankments of the river. The building is constructed out of stones that were excavated for it's foundation and others found at the site. The stones are encased in locally made galvanized steel boxes or gabions and set admist the buildings concrete frame structure. Each gabion is tied vertically to the adjacent boxes with steel wire. The wire rusts, thereby accentuating the vertical planes of the building and marking the passage of the seasons through a natural process of weathering. Square metal windows frame select views of the river and surrounding hills while two clerestories bring additional light into the upper level.