Watsontown Brick Co. has introduced a new tumbled look for its Luzerne Paver. Using a combination of native red Pennsylvania shale and imported yellow clay, the regular Luzerne Paver is tumbled with black and white paint to achieve the desired distressed and rustic appearance, with the look of used brick. Sized at 2.25 x 3.75 x 7.5 inches, this has been a popular style and color in the New York market so far. The photo illustrates a recent installation at a residence in Long Island, N.Y.
In 2008, when we first launched Masonry Design as a print publication, I would write an article for each issue about a unique masonry structure in another country. Since we don’t do this anymore in the magazine, I thought I would give these older articles new life by posting them here. In July, I shared with you the story behind the beautiful Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Now, I bring you the magnificent MARTa Herford Museum in Herford, Germany.
Although peak tornado season typically occurs April through June, violent outbursts struck early this year and featured one of the largest tornado events to ever occur in winter. The January 21–23 spate of storms produced 79 confirmed tornadoes across the Deep South from Texas to South Carolina, resulting in the second-deadliest January outbreak on record. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. averages more than 1,000 tornadoes per year — more than any other country. Annual insurance losses from U.S. tornadoes and thunderstorms range in the billions, with the costliest event occurring in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and nearby areas in April 2011, resulting in $7.8 billion in insured damages.
One look at the MARTa Herford Museum in Herford, Germany and it’s obvious whose hand was holding the pen, drawing the first conceptual designs for this playful structure. Frank Gehry began putting his distinctive touch on the brick and stainless steel structure in 1998.