Elevating Contemporary Facades
Facade-ism. ¬†Facade-omy. ¬†Building facades are harder to design than they look. ¬†Especially with bigger buildings. ¬†Look around you.
DC architect Phil Esocoff also does a nice job with attractive facade design.
There are far more stinkers, however. ¬†For design, I prefer smaller buildings. ¬†Like small gardens or landscapes, there is usually room for only one organizing principle and its elegant elaboration. ¬†The rowhouse is a good urban example of this and the DC area has a wealth of fetching specimens in Alexandria, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and of course Capitol Hill. ¬†Another local architect, Amy Weinstein, has done beautiful work in southeast DC on the¬†Ellen Wilson Homes¬†(and on a HOPE VI affordable housing budget!).
This is all to deliver to you a link I received this morning for a street of contemporary rowhouse facade design on Lonnekerspoorlaan in Roombeek, Enschede, in the Netherlands. ¬†The detail below is from a larger streetscape. ¬†This looks a bit like a facade project we did one semester in school, where we each made cereal-box scale models and placed then next to each other. ¬†Lots of ideas here. ¬†Dig away.