You may have read an earlier blog about our fascination with ordinary materials in particular, concrete block. Recently, we encountered an unexpected design opportunity on the Scandlon Gym Addition Spillman Farmer is doing for Kings College in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
We are using ordinary unpainted concrete block as the interior finish for the Recreation Center. We decided to course the block in a running stack bond and further accentuate the coursing with raked and flush joints. The overall pattern is evocative of a natural slate wall and provides interesting human scale to a utilitarian wall.
"We are lucky to be working with Caretti Masonry and these guys are doing a fantastic job and really are putting care into their work. Can't say enough good things about them. I've been speaking with their foreman and believe me when I tell you that he is very concerned with his work and making something really great. He noted that the double stack doesn’t really take any longer to set and that they're in a rhythm with the coursing and are moving. And he likes it!!! Which tells me that he's not just laying block out there, but he's taking the time to get invested in the project and has buy in. Can't ask for more"!!!
"we're taking common inexpensive materials that sometimes get overlooked, and exploiting their possibilities by using them in uncommon ways. Not high cost, definitely high impact".
Couldn't have said it better Mike! Stay tuned for the finished product.