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Fired clay frames a view to the bay.

The seaside setting of this marine science building would punish lesser materials with the steady bite of salt and wind. Acme Brick, however, stands solidly, forming façades that recall the spartan grace of nearby sand, seashells, and waves. Inside, as researchers probe the bay, they work comfortably within Acme’s walls of physical protection, environmental sensitivity, and daily inspiration.

Harte Research Institute Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Richter Architects in association with WHR Architects General Contractor: Zachry Construction, San Antonio Masonry Contractor: Limon Masonry, Pharr TX

“Seven twisted brick walls recall the elegant curve of seashells.The dramatic warped forms evoke the rhythm of underwater life through the sculptural nature of Acme Brick. The intense sun, high winds and corrosive salt air that degrade many building materials are lessened by the use of brick. Fired clay affords an integral storm resistance and is innately expressive of its purpose within the coastal climate.” —Richter Architects

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2007: Sacred Space  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2007: Sacred Space  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...