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COVID-19 Response

Portella  is open and here to assist you. At the moment we are not taking clients in the showroom in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect you and the Portella staff.  As things change and progress, we will be in touch. As we all navigate this trying time, please know that […]

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What do Architects Actually Do

Like with most careers out there, the role of the architect is shrouded in stereotypes and assumptions. Sure, some of them are based in truth, but there’s so much more to the job than what initially meets the eye – often with each project having unique duties of its own.  While it may be one […]

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Urban Sprawl and Architecture

Most people have some sort of idea of what they prefer in a living environment or are at least on their way to figuring that out for themselves.  Some relish in the action and liveliness of Urban environments. To them, the noises of the street are like a symphony filled with culture and connection.  On […]

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Architectural Elements: Colonnades Then and Now

Colonnades used in a traditional fashion have a way of making even otherwise simple buildings appear to be grand in nature. The rows of evenly spaced columns evoke a sense of balance, structure, and stability in those who come face to face with them.  When you see an old (or new) building designed in this […]

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Texas Arch Series: San Antonio

The city of San Antonio is a treasure trove of historical buildings and a melting pot of cultural architectural style. While perusing the streets of this Texas city, you’ll not only find influence from the french builders that once occupied the area but structures that serve as a telltale reminder of the city’s Spanish and […]

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Negative Space in Architecture

Negative space has long since been a buzzword in the architecture and design communities. It’s used in reference to a variety of scenarios, but generally speaking, it refers to the spaces that are left behind.  The “unusable”, unintended spaces in a building that are the byproduct of other intentional spaces and building features that are […]

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Texas Architecture Series: Dallas

The state of Texas has an incredibly rich history. It is packed full of architectural marvels that convey the times, changes, and evolution of the state.  In the city of Dallas, you’ll find prime examples of classic design principals from eras all across the board. Whether you’re an architect yourself, or just looking to appreciate […]

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Restaurant Architecture: Building Communities Around Food

Great tasting recipes are without a doubt the main draw to the restaurants that we know and love. However, if we were to sit down and think about it, we would find that the “legendary” establishments that stick around for years and become generational favorites all have one thing in common: a great building design […]

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Texas Architecture Series: Houston, TX

Established in the year 1836, Houston is a city packed full of award-winning architecture both new and old. It’s unique zoning laws have led to neighborhoods that house buildings of all kinds. Walking through the streets of Houston you’re sure to find a bit of everything all within a small radius.  While some may find […]

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