Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2009: Industrial
This edition highlights industrial design throughout Texas, as well as the recipients of TSA's 2009 Studio Awards. Texas Architect, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects|AIA, publishes the best projects by Texas architects and thoughtful articles on design and the architecture industry, and maintains an award-winning standard of quality.
texas architect 11 / 1 2 2 0 0 9 88 BackPage Bullish on Materials by MalcolM HolzMan, FaIa Architecture for me is not About conceAlment but rather about divulging its very nature to the widest possible audience. materials are not a mystery; they are an essential building ingredient, our heritage, and part of our everyday lives. for the uninitiated, architecture can be impenetrable, involv- ing an unfamiliar history, unknown practices, and arcane technical expertise. however, there is no intellectual or psychological barrier to observing materi- als. they are accessible, in many cases providing the initial understanding to the architect’s intentions. A sheet metal product not originally produced for architectural application caught my eye as i traveled the highways of texas, a state where it’s difficult to drive for an hour without seeing a cattle truck. it occurred to me, after many years of encountering these bovine conveyances, that their punched aluminum panels could serve an architectural purpose. in my firm’s Globe-news center for the Performing Arts (2006) in Amarillo, cattle panels are the finished underside of the billowing roof structure that encloses the lobby and outdoor terrace. first-time visitors to this building usually do not see the panels for what they are, because they are out of their common context. it takes a long, second look before recognition occurs. When it does, there is acknowledgement of their familiarity and their regional sig- nificance. this provocative juxtaposition of materials adds drama and a sense of informality to the surroundings. Adapted from A Material Life (Images Publishing Group, 2009) by Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, a principal of Holzman Moss Architecture in New York. P H o t o s bY t o M K e s s l e r