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Gingerbread House Architecture [Midweek Vibe]

Published 3 months ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader,

Congrats on surviving Monday and crushing Tuesday.

Now Wednesday beckons you to take a break and celebrate this week's Midweek Vibe!

With the joyful jingle of the holiday season upon us, the A-Team thought it would be delightful to sprinkle some festive cheer into our architectural musings. Let's take a whimsical journey into the world of gingerbread house designs that are far from ordinary!

The Gingerbread House doesn't have to be just a delightful treat. They have the potential to be edible masterpieces showcasing diverse architectural styles and an abundance of creativity.

Whether you're in search of some confectionery inspiration for your gingerbread project or wish to marvel at the skill and artistry of these talented culinary architects, we have handpicked some scrumptious articles for your perusal:

Architectural Digest's '20 Gingerbread House Ideas for Design Lovers' brings to the holiday table 20 unique gingerbread house designs inspired by various architectural styles. From mid-century modern to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, it's a feast for the eyes! Plus, there are tips on creating a gingerbread house that reflects your firm's personality.

Dwell's '14 Architectural Gingerbread Houses That Are Definitely Not Cookie Cutter' Showcases 14 gingerbread houses and campers inspired by iconic architecture and design. This article is a sweet treat! It features creations drawn from Fallingwater, Palm Springs, Airstream, and more.

But the term 'gingerbread house' isn't confined to confectionery alone.

As we transition from pastry to plaster, we are reminded that the phrase 'gingerbread architecture' doesn't refer to buildings made of spicy dough; instead, it denotes a particular style of ornamentation reminiscent of the intricate decorative trims and embellishments that characterize gingerbread architecture borrow heavily from the elaborate designs that adorn their edible counterparts.

According to West and Main, the gingerbread style's characteristics are steeply pitched roofs, elaborate millwork, and scroll and lace-like designs that elaborately cover the house's facade. This fanciful trim style is most frequently found on Victorian homes between the late 1830s and the turn of the century.

Explore the additional "Articles and Resources" we've added to the AIBD Member Hub to create a visual feast of actual homes as captivating as their confectionary masterpieces. Information such as what to know about Ginberbread-Style homes, inspiration, pattern books, and how to design custom millwork to give your designs a personal touch.

Has your firm created any gingerbread houses or incorporated the Gingerbread style into your work? We'd love to see what you've done. Please share them with us! Reply to this email or find us on social media.

We wish you a warm, comfortable, and good cheer-filled season!
The A-Team

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