Use the best materials and reveal the qualities of those materials and the craftsmanship of their assembly.
~ Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Materials were evaluated on their ability to contribute clarity to the design concept, ability to age gracefully with little maintenance, ability to show innovation and new potentials, and ability to contribute to sustainability.
The DTS Project House uses and installs materials in ways to best utilize and express their inherent qualities. Most materials require little if any finishing. There is an explicit juxtaposition of organic and man-made materials and installations.
The material pallete includes rusted corten steel, integrally colored concrete, stone recycled from site excavations, painted structural steel, clear glass, board formed concrete, anodized aluminum doors and windows, porcelain tile, clear sealed mahogany, stainless steel cable, acrylic panels of various types, ledger stone, and plaster.
The truthfulness of materials of constructions, concrete, bricks and stone, shall be maintained in all buildings constructed or to be constructed.
~ Le Corbusier
If we understand the nature of a material, we have to be able to understand the structure of wood, the weight and the hardness of stone…we must become one with our materials and be able to fashion and use them in accordance with their constitution.
~ Jorn Utzon