Warm Washes: 8 Buildings Clad in Terracotta

Historically, terracotta was used as a decorative skin that was added to or applied to cover brick and tiles. Mass produced, the material was cheaper, lighter and softer than carved stone, which made it easier to customize, warp and create embellishments. With deeply historical roots and threads, it is no surprise that the material conjures up imagery of stature, solidity and sturdiness. Linked to such imagery, the following eight buildings have strong presences within their landscapes and fill their environments with warmth and fullness. Despite sitting within otherwise uninhabited and seemingly empty spaces, each of these buildings feels larger than its own skin. It is also fascinating to note the various functions and sites of the following eight buildings. Terracotta is suitable in a wide array of environmental conditions, thus rendering a collection that is diverse in climate and location. Furthermore, including both religious sites and a nursery, the material facilitates spaces that are functional while simultaneously feeling welcoming, humble and even sacred. Despite meandering in and out of fashion in the past, we are witnessing an undeniable resurgence in terracotta buildings. Nursery by Foldes Architects, Nagykovácsi, Hungary ...
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