Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Gormley Studio

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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I love watching anything that shows an artist working. It’s fascinating to see their process, but also to see the environment in which they create.

BBC Four has a series, What Do Artists Do All Day, that documents a single day of various artists and gives an glimpse into their process.

Recently they showed sculptor Antony Gormley, known for exploring the relationship of the human body and the space it lives in. As much as anything I enjoyed seeing the space he works in – a studio designed by British architect David Chipperfield (who also did the St. Louis Art Museum addition).

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SBD FLW

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Lindbergh Building

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

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Hey, I’m no architectural historian, and I never said that I was, I’m just making sure you know that… anyways, that being said, I think my favorite building in south county is the Lindbergh Building at Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry. It’s an awesome old office building from around the 60s.  or 70s.  possibly 80s but that seems ridiculous. Whatever the decade, It has some great things going for it.

As far as modern architecture goes, brutalism is on my short list of favorites. Sharp clean lines, square angles, jutting ledges – its all really quite wonderful. It reminds me of another building in St. Louis on the registry of historic buildings, the Pet Milk Building. Ive always wondered what the offices would be like on the top floor. I have now seen them and they are beyond anything I imagined. In opposition to the harsh exterior the office is made of curves and warmth. The glass ceiling creates a perfect balance with the concrete on the outside.

Office space for Sad Bird?  Im sure he would still be sad, but not about his work environment.

Check out the flickr set here.

-Rich

Found Some Floor Plans

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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Searching through my parents’ basement closet and found some floor plans from my highschool years. It’s your classic 70′s one-story ranch house. It was my first complete floor plan, what did you expect, a mansion?

Check out the Flickr set here.

I’m most proud of the North symbol.

Here’s some background:
I was really into architecture during highschool. Also mechanical drawing. I loved figuring out how to draw those isometric diagrams of…well actually…not sure if I ever knew the name of the object…something machine-like for sure. Learned about 10% of AutoCad Lite on the Windows 95 system. All key commands, by the way, no mouse! I actually enjoyed this method…I didn’t know any better.

Here’s what I miss:
1. Green paper.
2. Learning how to letter properly and neatly – all caps.
3. The plotter machine for printing diagrams – It was fun to watch.
4. The ammonia of the large floor plan printer.
5. Six-sided ruler for figuring out scale.
6. Mr. Evans – total blue-collar architecture teacher. And I respected him for that.

There are renderings of the outside of the house somewhere…gotta find em.

- Randy

All Souls Mid-Century Church

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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Hey, I know almost nothing about this church or their beliefs – and really, I don’t care. From the sign out front I gathered that it’s the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, which, I mean, could be a cool thing. I’m sure its members enjoy it. I just saw it across from the Kemper and took its picture.

Mid-Century design, architecture – furniture – advertising, is a huge interest of mine and the All Souls building fits in with that.  Some of the things I love about it are its straight clean lines. The flat roof, divisions in the windows and doors, the balance between the large flat space of the brick on the left and the short but with more visual interest entrance, all speak to aspects of Mid-Century modern that I love more than anything in this whole world!

- Rich