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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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15 thoughts on “Material Marriages (An Architect’s Favorite Pairings)”

  • Catherine Lin March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    white on white and white on wood are my favourites, but I need to challenge myself to break away from that combination (when appropriate)! Thanks for this, and many other, interesting and educational videos!

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  • P.L Ponio March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Thank you for Erick! May I request you to make a video for architects who wants's to get back on tract with regards to architectural practice.. thanks! cheers!

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  • Kas Janss March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    White on white is sterile

    Marble and wood looks weird

    Its all about the story you can tell with it and he is pretty good wth it

    Im now curious what materials DONT fit with eachother.

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  • MaZEEZaM March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Personally I don't usually like White on White look, feels to sterile for my liking. For me I much prefer earthier tones and contrasts but complimentary materials.

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  • MaZEEZaM March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Engineered timber like found in Europe can now meet and exceed steels strength over long distances.

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  • MaZEEZaM March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    My fav materials are Steel, Stone, Concrete, Wood and Glass. For me when combined well have a feeling of being very comforting, natural solidity about them.

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  • MaZEEZaM March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I do like the effect of the wood bracing on the concrete but I'm not keen on the holes in the wall left by that very same bracing. I do love rammed earth walls though they are very costly to have done.

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  • Yvonne Huang March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    So helpful and well explained!! Thank you!

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  • Preety Singh March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    i think the marriage materials would be 1. marble and wood 2. steel and glass etc…..somehow i m not agreed with this vid

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  • Preety Singh March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    i think the marriage materials would be 1. marble and wood 2. steel and glass etc…..somehow i m not agreed with this vid

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  • LOBO S March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    inspiring vídeos, great fan, what do you think about colors that arent gray, white or black, do you use them?, or how can we use them?

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  • AsianFan111 March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Awesome video, thank you for inspiring/informing us students!!

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  • fabroc8 March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Awesome video as per usual!!

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  • Anuja Suraj March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Thank you for posting such informative video.. This really helps Architect/design Students like us to learn more in depth ! Your Awesome ! ^_^

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  • ukrania sanjiwani March 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    i really like your video, so inspiring! 🙂

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