This Stone of the Month is supplied by JMS (Jura Marble Suppliers), Germany. Technical details provide a frame of reference only. Because stone is a product of nature, testing to determine specific physical qualities should be repeated for each project.
Energy Corridor, Energy Center III is a 546,000-square-foot, 20-story, Class A office building with a lobby visible from Interstate 10 in Houston, TX. Architect Scott Cutlip of Kirksey Architects in Houston, wanted the 30-foot-tall lobby to have a stone wall, and a dramatic presence at night.
Pokarna, a leader among stone producers in India, recently opened its Cream Cashmere granite quarry in Buduruvada Village, Parvathipuram Mandal, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh, India. The almost 25-acre site currently produces three shades/patterns of the material.
In order to create a complete backyard oasis, Chris Garek of Stone Pro Inc., located in Bedford, TX, wanted to create a complete outdoor living space using natural stone. Garek came up with the backyard design for his family to enjoy that would not only be beautiful, but functional as well.
While times change and trends come and go, natural stone remains a popular choice in both residential and commercial design. Stone World recently had the opportunity to talk with a few experienced architects to ask their opinion on a range of issues related to designing with natural stone.