Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays for us. We use this day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originated in the years following the Civil War, it became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting memorials like the The Korean War Memorial, that honors those Americans who served our country in Korea and those who and gave their lives for the cause of freedom. The natural stone walls were sandblasted to incorporates more than 24,000 faces computer-copied from anonymous photographs at the National Archives. Bands of polished granite across the memorial’s ground suggest the tilled terrain in parts of Korea.

Post By: Ramezy Roque

Source: Coldspring

Architect: Cooper-Lecky Architects

Photography: C. Fernando

Located on the hill of Aleomandra, in Mykonos, but almost completely hidden in nature, the Mandra residence faces the sea and the sunset over the neighboring island of Delos. A holiday home with 6 bedrooms, built for a young and dynamic couple, to enjoy with their family and friends and celebrate the spectacular view, mixed with a garden with stone walls and sensitive landscaping that protects it from the road.

The house was built with the idea of ​​a slow and relaxed summer life, and encourages a conscious connection with family, friends and the freedom to exist peacefully in nature. The shape follows emotion and not function, as every space becomes an opportunity for rest, reflection and exploration.

To create a home that would allow guests to enjoy outdoor spaces throughout the day, we needed to filter the intensity of the local climate, providing shade and protection. Although the residence needed to accommodate a large number of guests, the architect did not want to dominate the landscape with large volumes. Inspired by the humble complexity of the island's traditional vernacular, they have reduced the architecture to 2 small volumes traditionally painted in white built around a large seating area in the courtyard covered by a wide pergola. This patio becomes the focal point of the house, perfectly connected to the living room and kitchen volumes, facing the pool and gardens. Under the pool garden, there are private dorms that silently enjoy the uninterrupted view over the lower garden and the sea. Its separation further reduces the overall impact of the home and clearly divides the social and private space.

The key to the character of the house is in the palette of traditional materials, such as lime, natural stone and wood, which were applied and designed with contemporary techniques to create a non-nostalgic architecture that unites heritage and context with contemporary life. With hand-built stone walls, the volumes with rounded edges are perfectly smooth. The usual pergola was designed to increase its structural integrity, forming a trellis that rests lightly on the white volumes, shading and protecting the extensive patio below.

The simple light volumes, the natural stone walls and the light planes of the pergola are comfortably inserted in the Cycladic landscape. The efficiency of its layout, centered on the patio's living space, simplifies daily life. The Mandra residence uses the humble Cycladic tradition, enriched by natural materiality and inspired by contemporary Greek summer life.

Post by: Giovanni da Paz

Source: Archdaily

Architects: K-Studio

Photography: Claus Brechenmacher & Reiner Baumann Photography

Updated: Mar 23

We know by now you have probably seen and heard this too many times, but just to be safe, here is doral stones can tell you about the Corona Virus Pandemic and what we are doing :

What is COVID-19?

The newly identified coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV 2. First identified in China in December 2019, COVID-19 has infected thousands of people around the world. While this coronavirus is new, it is not the only coronavirus. Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, commonly infect people and are associated with the common cold.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are difficult to distinguish, as they present symptoms like other coronaviruses that are similar to those of the common cold. People with confirmed cases have reportedly had mild-to-severe respiratory illness with the following symptoms:

IMPORTANT: Symptoms may occur up to two weeks after exposure.

How do I prevent infection?

As there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 at this time, preventing exposure to COVID-19 is your best defense. Everyday practices to help protect you and prevent the spread of viruses include:

Wash your hands often.

Wash your hands well, especially after coughing, sneezing or having any contact with someone who's coughing or sneezing. Use soap and running water, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and then rinse and dry your hands thoroughly. When soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Keep your hands away from your face

Avoid rubbing your eyes or putting your hands to your mouth until you've washed your hands.

Observe respiratory etiquette

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Clean high-touch surfaces

Frequently disinfect surfaces like door handles, light switches and countertops.

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you begin to feel ill, even with mild symptoms, manage them as you would if you had the flu. Stay at home, in a separate room from your family if possible, and avoid public places until you recover. Rest, use fever reducers (if needed) and keep at least six feet away from other people when possible. If you develop a cough and/or have difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and you'll be advised how to best proceed.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is intentionally increasing the physical space between people (at least six feet), as well as minimizing social contact, to avoid spreading illness. Examples include avoiding crowds, working from home instead of going into the office and visiting with loved ones via electronic device instead of in person.

Why is social distancing recommended?

In general, the larger the gathering, the more opportunities there are for person-to-person contact and therefore greater risk of spreading COVID-19 virus. A COVID-19 outbreak could last a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend specific actions, such as closing schools and public locations, in order to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19 and slow the spread of the disease. These mitigation strategies are particularly important in order to slow the transmission of disease in order to protect:

- Individuals at increased risk of severe illness, including older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions

- Healthcare and critical infrastructure workforces

What steps is doral stones taking during the pandemic?

In the name of social distancing, doral stones is recommending all customers to check our online inventory and postponing any store visit. We understand that you can’t buy a slab without proper inspection, but our entire stone inventory is registered on our website with high definition pictures and slab sizes. After selecting your stone, we are offering an extra 30 Day Period for all slabs placed on hold. We believe this can help you find the best stone for your project during this challenging time.

Are store hours changing?

Yes. As the situation evolves quickly, we are updating our store hours and taking extra measures to help provide a clean and safe environment for our customers and team members.

Keep Informed

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Source: We're in this together: Helping you and your family through COVID-19 by Walgreens

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