Wednesday, October 31, 2012

more brick forms in Boston

Rounded bricks stacked atop one another give the appearance of miniature columns on H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church Parish House on Clarendon Street in Boston. Other bricks on the facade appear to have been carved in place to form a sort of three-dimensional mosaic of swirling vegetal forms. The undulating surface of the carved bricks is remarkably similar to Frank Gehry's recently completed residential tower at 8 Spruce Street in New York, which also consists of undulating stacked modules:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

rounded brick geometry in Boston

Echoing cubist architectural details, these rounded bricks form geometric patterns on the facade of a Victorian townhouse on the corner of Fairfield and Marlborough Streets in Boston.

Friday, October 19, 2012

tile billboards in Seville

Colorful glazed tiles form vintage advertisements on the facades of buildings in Seville. Now a curiosity, this was once a common way to advertise goods in this Spanish city. Geometric patterns painted onto the tiles outlining the edges of the ads give the illusion of architectural decoration.

Monday, October 1, 2012

story tiles in Lisbon

Blue and white tiles depicting biblical stories and other allegories line the corridors, cloisters, and stairways throughout the Sao Vincente de Fora monastery in Lisbon. Movement through the monastery becomes an adventure in religious and mythological tales.