Façade of the General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) Headquarters in Santiago de Compostela. Images © Roland Halbe
The striking facade was formed by stacking multi-ton granite ashlars, sourced at local quarry. The wonderfully irregular stones were all spares - waste material from all the cutting that goes on. The architects didn't even have to pay for them.
If that isn't interesting enough, the pieces are held together by little more than gravity. The weight of the pieces is enough to keep them in place.
Now, this may not sound like much at first, but look around to what the rest of the architectural world is doing: they're fighting gravity. In fact, we earn bonus points for showing off our gravity-defying skills (consider Koolhaas' CCTV building).
So when I learn about architects doing the opposite, embracing these forces of nature and utilizing it in their design, this makes me very happy.
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