One of the basic tenets of good kitchen and bath design is the use of repetition. For example, if I use an arch over a doorway, I am likely to repeat the same arched shape in a hood surround or a window valance so the design is repeated around the room and makes the design tie together. This is just one of the things I consider every time I am laying out a new design. I have to admit though, that it never really occurred to me that a good city planner does the same thing.
A few days back I was walking around Alamo Square in San Francisco. There were tour buses going by and lots of visitors strolling the park to see the “Painted Ladies” – a string of much-photographed, beautiful examples of Victorian-style homes in the city. As I crossed through the park, I noticed that the kids’ playground tied in with the neighborhood because the play structures were little “Victorian homes”. Very clever, I thought.
Turning the corner and walking on, I passed a new complex going up with a more contemporary feel. They omitted the historical gingerbread found on the older Victorians but repeated the same shapes on the facades. That simple use of repetition with a more sleek and modern style made all the difference to make the new feel a part of the old.
Kudos to whatever architectural review board, city planner or conscientious builder made that happen!