The Materials Book

Love Your Local Quarry: Stone walls rather than veneers offer a durable, weather-resistant facade A natural-stone facade can show an architect’s appreciation and respect for a cultural or political institution while embracing the traditions and architectural heritage of a place. These days, that often means applying a thin layer of stone that was mined far away and attached to a contemporary, high-performing facade. But a thick, load-bearing, and structurally independent wall of stones sourced from a local quarry that has been in business for centuries, which can be maintained, replaced, and even reused, is in some cases the better choice. Example: Jurassic limestone, seen in Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland Contributed by: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Germany 320