Spotlight

Each issue of Masonry Design features a profile of an architectural or engineering firm, or individual professionals. Learn what these people and/or their firms have done to make a name for themselves, and what landmark projects may be on the horizon.

Masonry: Timeless Traditions, Modern Opportunities

Sponsored content: Look around you. If you are in an urban or suburban environment, chances are that many of the buildings and other structures in your environment are built with masonry. From concrete block home foundations to elegant stone facades, from contemporary concrete veneers to classic brick buildings, the beauty, strength, and durability of masonry construction enhances our enjoyment and increases the value of the built environment almost wherever we go.

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Grimmwelt Kassel

We’re all familiar with the tales from the Brothers Grimm, the 19th-century German authors whose stories still haunt and entertain us today. Their work – “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White,” and “Hansel & Gretel,” for example – still is being adapted into new books, movies, and TV shows today. And the brothers themselves are getting a little more recognition in their home country in the form of a new museum.…

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Rijksarchief in Bruges

In the center of Bruges, among the medieval churches, old-world homes, and Brick Gothic structures, sits a modern, new building that wouldn’t look out of place in any major European or American metropolis. Yet this building – known as the Rijksarchief – blends beautifully with its surroundings and is changing attitudes toward new construction in Bruges.…

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Project Spotlight: The ‘Hospital of the Future’

After a decade of planning and roughly three years of construction, a hospital consisting of 118,000 square feet of thin stone, 5,400 tons of steel, 19,700 yards of concrete, and 18 million feet of cable opened its state-of-the-art doors. Virtua Voorhees, “The Hospital of the Future” as it is known, is situated on 125 acres in Voorhees, a New Jersey suburb within the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.…

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21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Ark.

Since it opened in November 2011, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has attracted more than one million visitors to Bentonville, Ark., a once sleepy small town now known to the world as the headquarters for Walmart.…

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Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pennsylvania Chapter awarded a 2013 Citation of Merit to the recently completed Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa. Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) of Bethlehem, Pa., served as the project’s architect.…

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Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center

Completed in 2012, the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center in Decatur, Ga., is a serendipitous alignment of program, a compatible historic structure and creativity, have resulted in an environmentally sensitive building that is transforming the teaching and learning experience – along with the entire campus – at Columbia Theological Seminary.…

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