Building Stone Magazine

Building Stone Magazine, published by the Building Stone Institute (BSI) through a partnership with BNP Media, is the trusted source of natural stone information for architects, landscape architects, interior designers and consumers alike. Through well written editorial and visually inspiring photography of stone installations, Building Stone magazine provides a direct portal of necessary stone awareness and technical resources to benefit the decision makers who impact our built environment.

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Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 41, № 4 (Fall 2020)

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The June 5th Memorial Park in Philadelphia, PA, was created using a range of American Black granite and Georgia Gray granite in response to a deadly demolition that could've been prevented, which took the lives of six innocent people. The memorial's "sacred area" is identified by the location of the victim markers. The phosphorus glow aggregates set in the concrete creates a "galaxy-like" spiral formation around the victim markers, inspired by the Fibonacci sequence.

Previous issues

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 41, № 3 (Spring 2020)

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Located in the heart of our country's capital at 1800 Eye Street, adjacent to the World Bank and only two blocks from the White House, stands the new DC headquarters of Arizona State University (ASU). Known as the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center, it was named in honor of two significant women of history, Ambassador Barbara McConnell Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The eight-story, 32,000-square-foot building was purportedly the first concrete and masonry residential building in DC, built more than 100 years ago, which was recently renovated using a variety of Las Vegas Rock, a rare metaquartzite that is quarried 15 miles from the Strip in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more about the extensive renovation, turn to page 42 of this issue of Building Stone.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 41, № 2 (Fall 2019)

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Sitting on 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains and pools overlooking the beautiful village of San Simeon in California is Hearst Castle, for which construction commenced in 1919. Among the notable features on the estate, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks, is the Neptune Pool, which was lavishly designed in a Roman style by architect Julia Morgan and features green serpentine and white marble from Vermont.

Currently owned and maintained by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, a major restoration was recently completed that repaired leaks in the concrete shell and replaced the deteriorating marble.

To learn more about the history of the stonework and restoration process, turn to page 32 of this issue of Building Stone.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 41, № 1 (Spring 2019)

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Indonesian-based MM Galleri, a stone producer/quarrier, distributor, fabricator and manufacturer of high-end stone furniture, recently opened a new showroom in Singapore. The company partnered with designer Budi Kurniawan to create a whimsical design that is reminiscent of the underworld of the sea. The design, named "Bent and Light," demonstrates how MM Galleri's groundbreaking technology of bending marble has the capabilities of transforming an empty space into a sophisticated fantasy world influenced by Disney's animated movie "Finding Nemo." To learn more about this incredible design, turn to the story beginning on page 20 of this issue.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 40, № 2 (Fall 2018)

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Constructed of Williams Blue Sky granite, the stone weirs at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, are an example of the significant role natural stone can play in landscape architecture. The project's landscape architect, Beka Sturges, principal at Reed Hilderbrand LLC in New Haven, CT, is one of three architects who participated in a roundtable discussion about the sustainable qualities of natural stone and the experiences they have had with the material, which begins on page 8. Photo courtesy of Beka Sturges/Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 40, № 1 (Spring 2018)

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For the lobby of a luxury condominium complex at 520 West 28th Street in New York City, a striking feature wall was carved from Grigio Brasile marble. The wall design was influenced by the work of renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was the first woman and Muslim to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Stretching 34 feet, the massive stone wall creates a dramatic presence in the high-end residential building. To learn more about the design and installation of the marble wall, turn to page 12 of this issue of Building Stone Magazine.
Photo courtesy of SGM Photography.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 39, № 2 (Fall 2017)

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With a great appreciation for the heritage of traditional sacred architecture, a Mid-Atlantic couple was influenced by the Porziuncola of St. Francis near Assisi, Italy, to build their own family chapel. Teamwork and shared motivation for the 702-square- foot project by all involved resulted in the project taking just 19 months. To learn more about the inspiration and design, turn to page 8.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 39, № 1 (Summer 2017)

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Built more than a century ago, the Georgia White marble exterior of the Minnesota State Capitol Building was in dire need of a facelift. Through the collaboration of an extensive team of stone experts, the exterior facade was cleaned and repaired over a four-year stretch. The restoration was broken down into five phases, which involved the reproduction of 3,949 custom stone pieces — each one assigned its own shop ticket and unique number. To learn more about the massive undertaking, turn to the story beginning on page 8.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 38, № 2 (Fall 2016)

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The portfolio of Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, who is this yea's honoree of the Bybee Prize, illustrates the New York architect is a proponent of natural stone. For 15 Central Park West — a mixed-use residential and retail building in Manhattan — Empire Indiana limestone was selected for the exterior facade because of its warm coloring and to complement existing New York architecture. The traditional masonry expression of the exterior accommodates large windows that, together with projecting bays, French balconies and deep terraces at the setbacks, fill the residences with natural light and open the rooms to views in all directions. Learn more about Stern's philosophies about working with stone beginning on page 12 of this issue of Building Stone Magazine.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 38, № 1 (Spring 2016)

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Occupying the first 21 levels of “One57” or “The Billionaire’s Building,” as it is popularly known, Park Hyatt’s flagship hotel on West 57th Street in New York City exudes a sophisticated ambiance with an extensive amount of Bianco Piove marble employed throughout its interior design. In the majority of the guestroom bathrooms, the material was used in a standard 12- x 24-inch format for the floor and walls. The stone was chosen for its elegant look and ability to create a soothing and relaxing effect. Story begins on page 56.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 37, № 4 (Fall 2015)

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Northwestern University recently restored its Charles Deering Library which still powerfully evokes the character of a traditional collegiate building. The project involved restoring the 1,800-square-foot west entrance and creating a new way for students to access the building. School officials enlisted the expertise of a highly trained team of professionals, including an architectural team from HBRA Architects in Chicago, IL, who led the overall design process. The exterior walls are constructed of Wisconsin Lannon Stone. Photo by Mark Ballogg. Story begins on page 10.

Building Stone Magazine: Vol. 37, № 3 (Spring 2015)

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An outdoor retreat for a residence in Colorado was inspired by its sweeping views of the Roaring Fork Valley and Elk Mountain Range. The outside haven, which has come to be known as Woody Creek Garden, is an interpretation of an alpine rooftop terrace with an extensive palette of stone and natural elements such as native plants and water. Colorado Buff sandstone was heavily incorporated into the design &emdash; anchoring it to the land and complementing the surrounding mountainscape. Story begins on page 10.

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