A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate

“Human beings resonate with materials.  There is some kind of universal wisdom in the psyche that connects with the spirit of materials.  If you built the same house with new materials, the psyche would know the difference. The connection with the past would be lost.  You must use real materials as often as you can to create something that is more than a mere illusion.  I took a picture of an old Norman farmhouse to a quarry and asked, ‘How can I get stone that looks like this?’  He told me we had to cut it from the face of a mountain.  So that’s what we did.” —Ken Tate


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