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Historic building at the corner of Old Woodward Avenue and Maple Road.

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.]

Can you spot the architect’s use of architectural subordination on the, Birmingham, Michigan, Lululemon yoga clothing store?

I noticed it while sitting across the street drinking coffee at Biggby’s, waiting for my yoga class to start inside the building in question.

Architectural Subordination in Action

This design principle — demonstrated in the architrave designs on the front of this building — is important for those of you in the process of deciding what moldings to install at home.

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That’s because having a strong visual core to the moldings you install in each room is paramount to creating balance between the different elements in the room.

This is not unlike the strong physical core a daily yoga practice gives you.

Notice how the architect used a broken pediment that terminates in a scroll on the window over the front door, while on the flanking window surrounds he used a full pediment — still very grand, but subordinate to the center one.

You can read more about this concept in my feature post on the subject, Architectural Subordination.

Free Yoga Class at Lululemon Athletica: Good for Do-It-Yourselfers!

I wish I’d discovered yoga while I was a finish carpenter, because it sure would have helped me with all of the bending, stretching and stooping I did.

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So if you’re interested in giving it a try, Lululemon hosts a free yoga class each Sunday morning at 11:00 AM inside the store.

Each class is taught by a different yoga instructor from a local studio. This allows you to sample different styles of yoga. Each one is a little different. My favorite style is Vinyasa, sometimes called power yoga. I highly recommend it, especially for contractors in the trades and outdoor athletes.

Thank you Stephanie and Tim for being so helpful with this post!

Lululemon Athletica

101 South Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham

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