How Eco‑Friendly Wall Finishes Elevate Modern Design

As the design world reinvents itself decade after decade, architects find inspiration by reaching deep into history to make old elements new again. Eco‑friendly wall finishes are not new; yet, like so many design elements of old, they can be reinvented and resurrected in exciting ways.  Continued

5 Reasons to Incorporate Natural Building Materials in Luxury Design

Seamlessly blurring the line between inside and outside spaces has been a longstanding hallmark of luxury architecture. But it’s time to think beyond glass doors and floor‑to‑ceiling windows that invite the sunlight in. Even glass walls create boundaries between the house and nature, separating the two environments. Invoking a sense of nature need not require overwrought design. It could be as... Continued

The Legacy of Bark Shingle Style Architecture

If you’re ever looking to evoke the quiet, rich voice of the deep woods with your luxury architecture project, look no further than North Carolina. Nothing is more suited to the task than shingle style architecture, a unique aesthetic that celebrates the deep local natural and cultural heritage. Continued

Inspiration From Nature in Architecture

Humans naturally crave a connection to nature and the outdoors. So give them what they want – what they need! Even brief glimpses of nature indoors can lead to significantly healthier, more beautiful spaces.  Nature in architecture truly insulates us from the harsher rhythms of the human world, providing a healing effect through its simple delights and helping us realign our energies to address... Continued

What Wood Wall Treatments Add to Luxury Design

A wall may be a flat surface, but that doesn't mean it has to be 2‑D. In modern luxury design—where so much is about juxtaposing patina against the new—nothing is quite as suited for achieving unique contrasts of texture in sustainable architecture as wood wall treatments. With its deeply grooved character and multifaceted hues, bark rises toward the viewer's point of view, reflecting the rich... Continued

The Benefits of Wood Wall Finishes

From visual and auditory aesthetics to its many, many green qualities, wood offers countless architecture and design benefits. Certainly, nothing beats the presence and force of nature’s beauty on the walls of a living or working space. Shall we count the ways? Continued

How to Choose Split Rail Fence Materials for Sustainable Architecture & Design

Picture an idyllic pastoral farm or historic battlefield outlined by a time-worn rustic fence. It's a design element that pays tribute to our American heritage, celebrating and remembering the painstaking labor that once went into the traditional art of split rail fencing. Appreciating one of these historic fences is one thing, but incorporating one into a modern design project is another. When... Continued

Bark Siding Celebrates Family Cabin Legacy

It's often true that a family's past is just as important to them as their future — if not more so. When Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects was contacted by this client, he knew that was the case: They had just purchased new lakefront property, with a vision. They wanted more space to host and build their family traditions than their previous cabin would allow. But they wanted the current... Continued

Considering the Principles of Regenerative Design for Your Project

An increasing number of designers and architects want to bring sustainable and regenerative concepts to their luxury architecture and interiors, both to create groundbreaking projects and to have a developmental impact. But what exactly does regenerative design mean? How do we begin to consider the regenerative capacity of our projects? The nature of regenerative design is to be holistic. So just... Continued

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, accounting for 40 percent of total global use of raw materials. Given dwindling nonrenewable resources throughout the world, it's more important than ever for modern designers to make the jump from energy efficient to energy renewing with green building materials. After all, the use of the right... Continued

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