Cees Dam

The Facade

As you move through the city, the facade or outer wall is the first part of a building that you see. In traditional architecture, the facade had to be handled in one of  a limited number of ways. Facades were made of stone or brick, sometimes with wood or stucco added. These days, there are …

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Carlo Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) has almost never been literally emulated, and he left far fewer built works. His attitude and his buildings seem to be the exact opposite of a universal architecture: namely, expressions of particular circumstances, responses to local conditions, arising from a highly personal approach to  material and form in architecture. Many are additions …

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The interior

Is there still such a thing as the interior? Is it more than decoration? More than fitting out a building with all sorts of accessories according to the latest fashion? Interior designers are responsible for the curtains and the wallpaper; they choose the white marble or the coconut carpet. Maybe they go a little further, …

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