Wednesday Vignette – the wonders of a wall

Sometimes, you see a material combo where the presence of the individual components lift each other, and make each other sing. This wall is part of a relatively recent development in North Portland at the intersection of MLK Blvd, and NE Failing Street. Somehow, this combo feels really Pacific Northwest to me. The woodgrain of the forms still visible in the concrete, positioned against the dark stain of the overlapping boards – whose naturally uneven edges have been left as is. Add to that, the slick, brushed steel frames of the plate glass windows, juxtaposed against the rusticity of the siding, and you have perfection. I really love this. Somber, unassuming, and supremely elegant!

Notice the nail heads' steely sheen  against the dark-stained wood siding.

Notice the nail heads’ steely sheen, glinting against the dark-stained wood siding.

The wavy edges make for interesting shadow lines.

The wavy edges make for interesting shadow lines.

All of it put together. Isn't it wonderful?

All of it put together, with the expanse of glass reflecting the street trees, and bike parking under the overhang. Isn’t it wonderful?

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – the wonders of a wall

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    It is Anna, elements of a good contemporary building.

  2. Pauline says:

    Stunning in its simplicity!

  3. mattb325 says:

    Love it – and I equally love the wood grain pattern left imprinted on the concrete from the formwork. It’s a really great design

  4. Ah, I recognize the work of one of the architects I used to work with! (the building)…it’s a good one.

  5. rickii says:

    Stunning! I would like to see a shot of the building as a whole.

    • annamadeit says:

      I guess I should have taken an overall also… Oh well, next time I feel the pull of a Cedo’s lunch, (which is across the street) I will snap one!

  6. Your walls are much more interesting than mine. 🙂

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