Double Duty

Water is a major challenge for architects. I’m not talking about building a houseboat or anything—just dealing with rainwater takes a lot of creative invention if you want anything else besides a steeply sloped and widely overhanging roof, and even then the rain will pour down the edge and soak everyone on their way in. Hence the widespread use of gutters and downspouts. But the standard gutters are pretty unnatractive.

 
Richard Neutra’s newly restored (before and after) Kraigher house in Brownsville, Texas has a lovely solution: an integrated fascia/gutter made of galvanized steel. Cool! (Scuppers are another interesting solution, but I can’t find any good pictures right now…)

 

 

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