Skeletal Geometry: 7 Projects Honoring Herringbone

Created during the Roman Empire, herringbone is a geometric pattern that is often found in brickwork and tiling. Angular and almost hypnotic, herringbone grabs hold of the gaze and has the striking ability to direct the eye towards various points within a building, space or room. The simple yet transfixing pattern, creates a unique whole through a matrix of interlocking units. Interestingly, the name is derived from the Atlantic herring fish as the pattern resembles its skeleton. This natural and ecological derivative results in a pattern that possesses an instinctive element, as if the materials have somehow just fallen into place. As an age-old pattern and technique, herringbone is reminiscent of classical structures and building styles. As a result, many of these projects show juxtapositions of traditional and modern elements, often honoring the site’s past heritage while still integrating new design. By way of this marriage, these spaces become enlivened with homeliness and familiarity as well as excitement and creativity. As you browse through, notice as your gaze is driven towards otherwise unnoticed or minute nooks and corners of these wondrous spaces. HERRINGBONE House by MUSTARD Architects, London, United Kingdom In HERRINGBONE ...
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