Limestone palette dresses up residential lobby

March 14, 2007
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
Spicing up a lobby design of a condominium complex in Austin, TX, is a two-sided wall comprised of varying-sized overlapping pieces of Texas limestone.


“It is the very first image that people see when they walk into the building, and the only public meeting space. [The limestone wall] dresses it up,” said architect Dick Clark, adding that the limestone pieces have a matte finish, which feels like suede. “Anyone who comes in has to touch it.”

Architect Dick Clark of Dick Clark Architecture in Austin, TX, recently utilized an innovative limestone design for a condominium complex lobby in Austin, TX. He created a two-sided wall of overlapping tiles that stirs interest and serves as the focal point of the space. The varying sizes of rectangular and square tiles, which jut out from the wall, bring dimension and texture to the seating area.

“We designed a random pattern of ‘in and out’ fluctuation of the wall, and cast light down so that the shadows on the stone give a feeling of depth,” said the architect. “They are all custom tiles of varying sizes, but not varying depth. Some have a backing of more grout in the back to make them look like they are different depths. If it didn’t have the light, there wouldn’t be depth.”

According to the architect, the design was intended to have a warm Texas feel that provides a relaxing space for residents and guests to socialize. “We did not want it to look like a hokey ranch, but not ultra slick either,” explained Clark. “We wanted something in between.”

The overlapping limestone pieces, which were quarried locally in Texas and have a re-sawn texture, were meant to resemble stacked stone that is commonly seen on ranches. “It’s a suede-like finish,” said Clark. “Anyone who walks in has to touch it.”

The architect also gave credit to the stonemason for his skillful installation. “All of the pieces were hand fitted,” he said. “[The installer] did a small section for us; we looked at it, and then said, ‘Go ahead.’ Once he got into it, he knew what he wanted to do.”

It took approximately two weeks to complete the installation of the limestone wall, according to Clark. “It is the kind of thing that starts off slow and gains speed,” he said, adding that the wall was sprayed with a matte sealer.

Adding a subtle contrast to the matte limestone wall tiles are 36- x 36-inch polished limestone floor tiles. “[The limestone] is intentionally different to slightly contrast, but it is from the same family,” explained Clark. Moreover, a third limestone was used for the reception countertop. This material also minimally differs from the other stones, and is polished, but not as shiny as the floor tiles, said the architect.

In the end, the building developer was extremely pleased with the results of the lobby design. “This was not a high budget job,” said Clark. “They were able to get what they wanted. It is the very first image that people see when they walk into the building, and the only public meeting space. [The limestone wall] dresses it up.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

Recent Articles by Jennifer Adams

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.

THE MAGAZINE

Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD_Spring2014_Cover.jpg

2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!

  

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTube