The rolling hills of Napa, California are an ideal location for the architecture of Legorreta + Legorreta, the Mexican architect of international renown. Characterised by bold forms with little or no architectural detail or ornament, the work relies almost exclusively on the texture, pattern and quality of the stone façade.
The material, Antique Yangtze Limestone, was rescued from the rising tide of the Three Gorges Damn Project in China. Its unique patina and color come from the differing ages of the recycled structures from which it was salvaged.
Modern architects often flout the rules of precedent and this stone veneer application is no exception. The vertical pieces of the wall pattern suggest paving rather than stone for vertical building, yet within the context of this modern form, the broken rule of bondwork adds interest and a lively counterpoint for visitors.
Architect: Legorreta + Legorreta