I have always admired the work of Shigeru Ban, great Japanese architect. His houses in Japan have such a great scale and use of materials in a very transparent manner (you can see how his buildings are built).
Here are my photographs from my visit. It was fun, we went on a Sunday night after […]
There is a certain aesthetic that is used in contemporary architecture today. I call it “THIN BLDG”. …not because the walls are thin, but because the the floor plate or floor plan is thin. This can be viewed as a more traditional
This “style” of building is possibly more expensive, when you talk about price […]
So a long time ago in 2002, I went on an adventure in New Mexico. I had worked at a boy scout ranch in 1999 and 2000, so I was familiar with the area, during a rock climbing trip near Taos, I came upon the earthships. These were not entirely new to me, so I […]
Taking picture of a bathroom/restroom is weird, I will give you that. But when you are drawing these things, usually several times per project, you come to know what the standards should be, and you end up looking at the bathroom fixtures. I usually end up looking at buildings and building systems in restaurants […]
Very cold and eventually rainy day in early July in Chicago, so weird! But I always enjoy going on an architecture tour.
First Fireproof metal framed building was torn down in 1931, (so that’s why I’ve never seen it, pictured below) … one of the early skyscrapers from 1884. New York had […]
Chicago, Summer of 2012, went on a sold out tour with a couple of architecture school buddies, now it is closed, but the house is still in the courtyard. Awesome modern modular house. Michelle Kaufmann’s company was bought by blu homes and her work is super cool, often featured in Sunset Magazine.
first floor plan: […]
Since I have worked on a boutique hotel, I am always interested in good ones. I found a good one in Chicago, and I have stayed there twice. Such nice details in the rooms, and the layout is really great. Not to mention that the bar/restaurant has a Michelin star, and the food is good […]
At the AIA convention in Denver I was lucky enough to pay 100$ to go on a sold out tour to NREL in Golden, CO. It was awesome, they just had built some of the most energy efficient offices in America. Pretty cool stuff, designed by Smith Group out of the Phoenix Office. Well worth […]