Texture – Part II

In this second of a short series of posts on texture at the Byrne residence, I wanted to revisit the west-facing patio, then move to the auto court, the Foyer and the east-facing deck off the Master Bedroom. Subsequent posts in this series will focus on interior elements illustrating the creative blending of textures to create visual interest.

First, a more comprehensive view of the “fire & ice” feature adjacent to the west-facing wall of glass in the Living Room, captured in the following four images. Substituting the smooth-faced river rock for the sharp-edged “rip rap” in the corten steel-lined bed beneath the stainless steel tray cradling the broken glass ember bed established a clear, but pleasing contrast between the sharp, reflective and man-made materials above, (glass and stainless steel), with the smooth, dusty and natural materials below, (the surface of the river rock, the natural oxidation of the corten steel, the exposed aggregate of the patio surface itself).

Next, a close-up of the unique pattern in the concrete on the north-west corner of the auto court in the front of the house, (below). This pattern was created by gently pressing a long piece of rebar into the curing concrete as the driveway and auto court were being poured. In fact, you can see three different surface treatments in this photograph – the highly-textured surface radiating around this curve in the foreground, the exposed aggregate surface treatment just beyond to the south, and a perfectly-smooth surface treatment just beyond that.

Will Bruder carefully mapped out the series of concrete segments in the auto court, sectioning them off to be poured over the course of several days, each pour intended to have a different treatment applied to the surface of that particular pour. As you stand at the Entry facing east, looking across the auto court, or walk up onto the driveway, turn around and look south, or make your way to the southeast corner of the auto court, then look back toward the house, you see the interplay between these surface treatments – all poured concrete, yet completely varied in terms of texture!

Moving into the Entry and looking back toward the front door, (below), and along the CMU wall just to the south of the door itself, varied textures create visual interest because of the reflected light from the glass “light box” above the front door and the floor-to-ceiling glass panels to the right and left of the front door. Patterns of light and shadow draw your eye along the horizontal joints between each course of CMU, while the vertial joints are less apparent because they’re troweled flush with the surface of the CMU.

Additionally, there are three objects visible in the photograph – a lovely bronze sculpture by Gail Folwell in the foreground and an antique level I mentioned in an earlier post hangs just to the left of the sculpture. Down at the bottom of the image, you’ll catch a glimpse of a glass bowl from Cohn-Stone Studios sitting in a void toward the bottom of the CMU wall.

I thought I’d close this second installment of this series of posts on texture with three images taken from the east-facing deck, just off the Master Bedroom. This first image, (below), is looking east out over the deck as the sun was setting on evening while Martha was out taking photographs. Isn’t the rippling effect in the clouds interesting? The surface of the corten steel has an almost velvet-like texture in these lighting conditions, creating an interesting contrast with the varied textures of the desert immediately beyond, and below, the deck.

A few minutes later, Martha captured this image, (below), with the moon rising. The tips of the Ironwood are visible, peaking above the top edge of the steel panels surrounding the deck itself.

Lastly, as Martha made her way toward the eastern boundary of the deck, she turned around and captured this image, (below), looking southwest. What a fantastic sunset – an absolute riot of color! In the shadows, you see the outline of the corrugated steel roof, the silhouette of Black Mountain and the tips of several Saguaro rising from the southern slope of the property.

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