Modern Architecture in the Real World

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I have always had mixed responses to some of the classic modern architecture from the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.  I am a major fan of the designs but my Builder/Developer side often wondered how they tackled some of the issues. The structural concerns of the Fallingwater house build essentially straddling a moving waterway. The flat roofs that were built well before the use of modern building practices we have in CHBA BC or materials we use to combat water ingress.
It has actually been on my mind to do some research on the solutions for these questions. I got lucky and came across this article from Architectural Digest that suggests that they weren’t exactly solved. Working with Premier Pacific Developments I have learned a balance of being on the cutting edge of new construction tech and design while finding a way to ensure products stand for the intended life of the building.  This means sometimes being more restrained when working with architects or finding new ways to better ensure creative designs function the way they are supposed to.  For example if you take this home Premier Pacific Construction built on Eagle Mountain.

To account for natural wood materials maintenance issues our siding team suggested Longboard Siding. Many people have been surprised that it is a aluminum product rather than real wood.  This product is far more expensive than typical cedar siding but the home owner will not need to deal with re-staining in a few years time.

Old world practices are currently in vogue in modern architecture. Take the Japanese technique of burning wood to protect it from the elements known as Shou Sugi Ban the life span is projected at 80 years.  Here is a beautiful of a Northern California example of how perfectly it works with contemporary design.

Photography by Mathew Millman