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From ancient sculptures to modern architecture, marble has been a part of constructional history for years. So, whether it’s a residential space or an iconic building of the world, look at how this luxury is used in modern construction.
Modern Architecture Cladded in Marble
Take a look at three remarkable buildings in this modern world that makes use of marble in their architecture:
1. World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York, United States
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub used a familiar signature white stone in its Oculus – marble. An architectural masterpiece, the Oculus features a prominent use of white marble throughout its interior and exterior, giving it a striking and modern appearance.
2. Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway
A blend of white Carrara marble and white granite imported from Italy, this iconic building mixes the modern architectural approach with a classic opera house feeling. The exterior of the building features a striking combination of white marble and glass, creating a sleek and contemporary appearance that blends seamlessly with the surrounding urban landscape. Further, marble accentuates the building’s dynamic forms and creates a sense of contrast between the solid stone and transparent glass elements.
3. Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, United States
This 50-storey skyscraper was completed in 2012 and currently stands as the tallest building in Oklahoma. The use of marble inside the building is more pronounced, with large expanses of white marble used on floors, walls, and other surfaces. It creates a sense of elegance and sophistication that befits a modern office building. Even the exteriors can hint at a regal combination of white marble and glass.
Marble for Luxury Homes
Apart from some of the iconic mainstream buildings of the world, the use of marble in modern architecture does not end there. It further extends its branches into residential spaces as more people strive for luxury homes.
1. Marble House by Openbox Architects
The Marble House by Openbox Architects is a stunning example of incorporating marble into modern architecture and emulsifying the beauty of the space. It is a private residence in Bangkok, Thailand, completed in 2015. The building’s exterior is a series of interconnected white marble cubes that create a sense of depth and texture. The use of marble is even more pronounced inside the building, with large expanses of white marble used on floors, walls, and other surfaces.
2. A Seaside Home in Portuguese Coastal Town by Ventura Office Associates
A contemporary combination of wood, glass, and marble, this house in a Portuguese coastal town designed by Ventura Office Associates is a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional design elements. The exterior of the building is characterised by a series of white marble volumes, creating a sense of elegance and sophistication.
3. 19th Century House in France by 05 AM Arquitectura
The marble used in this 19th Century House in France, renovated by 05 AM Arquitectura, balances the traditional look of the house. The addition of marble in this modern residential architecture adds a contemporary aesthetic to a completely traditional-looking layout.
4. Casa Chaaltun by Tescala Architects
In this luxury home in Mexico, Tescala Architects elevated the walls with stunning marble slats to form a canopy right above the house’s swimming pool and terrace. The team of architects tried to recreate the cultural and natural context of the environment by featuring local materials, like marble, stone, and chukum – made of limestone and resin.
The Timeless Appeal of Marble in Modern Architectures
Marble has been used in architecture and design for thousands of years and remains a popular choice for modern architects and designers today. Its timeless beauty makes it an attractive material for various applications, from flooring and countertops to sculpture and decorative accents.
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(This article is by Aparna Rao, who works for Stonex India. All the images and text for this article are shared by Stonex India.)