In his book, StoneWork, architect Malcolm Holzman describes his work, his inspiration and his hope for the future.
Finding new variants for materials is a specialty. Using quarry remnants as veneer, facing the back to the front, incorporating a loadbearing stone accent wall are among the recognized signatures of Holzmandesigned icons.
“The application of stone can result in architecture unlike that created from other materials. It can be of more interest today than it has been in the recent past. To raise public awareness and to influence architects to redirect their attention to stone is my objective. They will discover, as I have, that it is sensuous to the touch, striking to the eye and pleasing to the soul.” p13 of StoneWork.
On the following pages, we share civic and university structures that define their space. Each speaks of its underground heritage with stone from local quarries. Essential within these structures is providing economy in construction and multiple uses, yet with unparalleled performance and style, sustainability and resilience. Wildly exciting!
By wrapping a portion of the building’s exterior stone into the interior, Holzman establishes a landmark in the distance, and wall art creating a sensational sense of space. It is what brings you back.
Variegated Granite sourced to match historic campus It was critical for the United States Military Academy’s Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center to be grounded architecturally and symbolically in its surroundings, as part of the National Historic Landmark District. Stone was considered at the outset of the project as a method to integrate the new construction. Research into the granite used for the adjoining Eisenhower barracks led to a quarry in New Hampshire. The variegated granite with pink veining that was used on the barracks was quarried from a part of the quarry that was no longer used. After discussions with the quarry operators, they returned to this older quarry area, to source the granite for the new library. A glass curtain wall volume divides the dressed granite block clad East and West Towers. Details include the West Point arch, the use of sandstone window trim and lampposts, whose shapes were inspired by cannons that marked the entrance to the old library.
Dimension & Texture becomes stacked arts
The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center was designed to complement nearby historic buildings of Bowling Green. Use of stone columns is significant in keeping the community’s architectural heritage, while representing the owner’s aspiration for a new contemporary building.
Two diameters of columns are support structure for the façade and grand lobby. Larger columns standing at 4′ in diameter make the entrance, creating a dramatic foyer and easily recognizable front door. Smaller columns serve as secondary essentials and maintain the even number of columns found in historic buildings of Bowling Green. Stacked in an undulating pattern, thousands of limestone pieces add dimension and texture setting apart the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center as a place of artistry and expression.
Our Thanks Congratulations to Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Ross Tarrant Architects for designing the distinguished Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green KY. Your design maintained its historic representation while at the same time bringing a fresh contemporary feel to the building.
Thank you for bringing together such a quality team that maintained and directed this time sensitive project. Our masons want to thank you as well for challenging their skills to erect such elaborate structural columns, with the quarry remnants of textural organic natural stone, for this dramatic artful venue.
Imperfections Add Dramatic Flair to quarried remnants
The University Center East at the University of Southern Indiana emphasizes the facility’s significance to the campus and surrounding community with a 103′ tall conical stone tower. Placed at the center of campus, its regional identity is emphasized through the use of Indiana limestone. Constructed of stacked 2½” high pieces of varying lengths, the limestone used is usually discarded in the process of making blocks. Imperfections within the limestone, including iron deposits, drill marks and uneven surfaces, add dynamic flair to the stone.
A limestone entryway has been salvaged from the former historic Orr Iron Building in downtown Evansville. New limestone block, identical to those originals, were added at jambs to increase the height of the arch. Today the Orr Iron Arch serves as the principal decorative element occupying the student lounge space located within the central atrium.
Multi-Colored Pennsylvania Sandstone marks entrance & study lounge As part of the new student life quad at Delaware State University, the Martin Luther King Jr Student Center is the principal hub of social interaction on campus. A trapezoidal stone tower, sheathed in Pennsylvania sandstone, anchors the Student Center at the end of a pathway from a major residential complex. The multicolored sandstone highlights the Center’s importance as the gateway to campus and denotes the major entrance points flanking the tower. Sandstone continues inside where the tower contains a commuter lounge on the first level and a double-height, quiet study lounge on the second level. Large windows opening in the stone offer views to adjacent buildings, solidifying the Student Center within the campus.
Stone Punctuates Stone creating sensational spaces
As a major project in the expansion of the downtown cultural area in Florence, South Carolina, the Performing Arts Center at Francis Marion University reinforces community pride and participation through the use of regional materials and symbols. The two-story classically inspired building, composed of South Carolina Winnsboro blue granite is set back on the site. The rich blue coloration and vigorous texture of the granite wraps the two wings of the building creating continuity inside and out. Winnsboro blue granite has been used for over a hundred years on memorials around the nation. This stone was reclaimed from the defunct quarry, making the Performing Arts Center the last structure to be built from this material. Remnant white Cherokee Georgia marble, normally reserved for grave monuments or recycled into calcium carbonate, is inset into the granite walls to accentuate. Remnant White Cherokee Georgia Marble, normally reserved for grave monuments or recycled into calcium carbonate, is inset into the granite walls to accentuate its depth, dimension and profile.
Structural | Thermal | Acoustical Texas Limestone
The Wylie Municipal Complex is a community facility for the fast-growing City of Wylie, north east of Dallas comprising a city hall, recreation center and public library.To achieve a cohesive and significant civic facility, the design team led by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture proposed three buildings connected by a 700′ long Texas limestone front wall. The undulating structural stone bearing wall creates an extraordinarily impressive civic presence as it rises from 10′ tall at the far east corner of the library to 45′ at the three-story City Hall. The wall further enhances the environmental sustainability of the Complex by controlling temperature swings in the interior spaces through its superior insulation and thermal mass. Deep window openings in the 18″ thick bearing wall bring daylight into the adjoining spaces and make apparent the wall’s massive construction. Special functions – the Council Chamber, running track, library and Young Adult Lounge – are housed in strong geometric volumes that punctuate the limestone facade. Two entry portals constructed of stone block supporting large cast-in-place lintels mark the passageways through the wall to the entry courtyards beyond.
Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, NCARB, is a founding partner of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture in New York City. A distinguish ed award-winning architect, he has completed commissions in 25 states, representing some of the country’s most notable architecture. He is an author and presenter, has held academic appointments and received numerous honors and awards. Holzman is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. He is a member of the Architectural League of New York, Society of College & University Planning and League of Historic American Theaters. Holzman serves as a GREAT MIND for SMART|dynamicsofmasonry. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. email@example.com 212.465.0808