30 October 2014

Simple yet also complex | De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Whisky loving firm, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, were challenged to design a visitor center for Kentucky Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery. Their design reflects the context and history of the distillery using form and materials which makes this architecture significantly attractive. 

The visitor center contextually resembles a barn in shape, and it is clad in cedar siding stained black that are set in a herringbone pattern to provide the exterior a varied texture. 

White oak, which Whisky barrels are made of, are used in the interior to create contrast with the exterior finish and spread the aroma of Bourbon.

As a result, the love for the taste of the Bourbon, history and context of the distillery are all minimized into a simple silhouette of a barn. 

Find out more about this architecture by clicking here!

27 October 2014

Tara House | Studio Mumbai

The programs of this house are arranged loosely to form a courtyard in an oasis above ground
, and carved into the earth creating a sanctuary underground. Concrete, stone and wood are used as primary materials in the house, but light and vegetation are also used as materials to enhance contrasts between hard and soft, dark and bright. 

Beneath the courtyard, which is filled with sunlight and varieties of greenery, a subterranean room is hidden underground, which is filled with water from a subterranean aquifer. As one enters this subterranean room underground and descends the stairs through a dark corridor, he/she experiences dramatic passage into the earth.

The room provides a comfortable silence and allows rays of hot Indian sun to penetrate the earth into the space, into the water. Find out more about this architecture by clicking here.

22 October 2014

“It is a site-specific, life-size sculpture.”

Recently one of our projects was featured in Dwell magazine and we couldn't be more excited to revisit one of the coolest homes we have worked on. Not only is this minimalist style beautiful to look at, our Island Home + Studio is also unique in that the geothermal wells, heat pump, solar panels, and sophisticated insulation system allow the house to achieve in nearly zero energy use! To read more about the project check out our Dwell article here or visit our website here.

13 October 2014

Angdong Hospital Project | Rural Urban Framework

This hospital is located  in a rural village of Angdong in Hunan Province in China. The intention behind the design was to make this hospital a catalyst for sustainable modern healthcare in rural regions. 

It was a collaboration work with charity and government of Angdong village to introduce a hospital model for the community. Institutions such as schools and hospitals in China is usually walled off, and has no sense of "transparency" to the public. The architects have managed to introduce modern "public-friendly" perspective into a rural China. 

Lean more about this project more by clicking here.

03 October 2014

Making Modern

We love modern and minimalist, but its not always easy to find. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and make things yourself. We are going to try and include a couple of blog posts to document the things we occasionally make here in the office. This week Shane Staley (who also operates a a high end furniture business during the wee hours of the night) created these Ash table and bar tops for a coffee shop that we are working on. Sometimes the only way to have something done right is to simply do it yourself, even if that means working through the night. Classic woodworking created these clean modern wood table tops.

29 September 2014

Vertical Accentuation: Rotsee Finish Line Tower | Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten

This wooden structure is located on Lake Rotsee, Switzerland to observe rowing contest. OSB and plywood are waterproofed and used as finishing for exterior and interior showing honesty in terms of materiality use. 

The structure is designed to harmoniously blend with the landscape, and a series of shutters are used to control the view of the race. When all the shutters are closed, the architecture becomes a windowless wooden object on the water. 

Tough, inexpensive materials are used, the overall architecture is well designed and each nail’s location are designed where to be inserted.

The wooden structure is supported by a concrete platform, which is anchored into the shoreline with pinewood to respect surroundings environmental conditions.

Check out this more about this rowing observatory tower here!

24 September 2014

The New Crematorium, The Woodland Cemetery | Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

Architects design habitable spaces for better quality of life. But what about the dead? Do architects design spaces for the dead also? Absolutely. 

Deep topics such as life and death, lead a group of designers to create a new woodland crematorium in Stockholm, Sweden. When we think of crematorium, we instantly think of death. But let's not forget, death is part of life as well. To make sure that the soul of the dead is rested, certain human tradition takes place. 

The site is in dense forest area, so the motto of this project is "Stone in the Forest". Unfinished white concrete is used to show honesty and purity in the interior, and bricks are used on the exterior to relates to the earth. The light from the sky penetrates the inside spade, establishing a connection with the heavens. Click here to learn more about the details.

architectural photography

As anyone who has ever tried to capture that perfect shot knows, photographing architecture can often be more challenging than it seems.  In light of some recent updates to our website featuring new photos of a few recently completed projects, we thought it would be fun to share some useful photography pointers to keep in mind whether snapping photos on your next vacation or documenting a project of your own:

Lighting - Paying attention to the weather and time of day is crucial to taking advantage of the natural light in your photographs.  For example: strong sunlight on a clear afternoon can create shadow lines that highlight texture and patterns making for dramatic exterior shots, while cloud cover will diffuse light to create more soft, even tones that can be desirable when shooting interiors.   If you have a lot of contrast between the darkest and the lightest areas in your shot, try using lamps or interior lighting strategically to even out a dark area.  

Composition - Being deliberate when composing your images can make a big difference in the way your photographs convey their subject matter.  When taking wide shots to accurately portray a space or building, keeping the camera level will help maintain a parallel perspective that results in a more honest and experiential depiction.  If you are looking to capture the style and atmosphere of a place, try composing tighter vignettes and highlight key moments or details that convey these qualities.  

Creativity- Patience and creativity are valuable traits in photography, remember that you don't always need the best equipment or software to create great photos.  Experimenting in different lighting conditions can help you discover different approaches to the same shot and might reveal new aspects of a building that haven't caught your eye before.  Taking the time to try different things can often lead to pleasantly unexpected results.  

We hope you find these thoughts useful in your future photography endeavors,  please enjoy some teaser images below of a couple new projects to appear on our website soon.. stay tuned for lots of exciting updates in the near future!

20 September 2014

INSIDE! Atelier Drome Architecture | Park(ing) Day II

We had so much fun with our "mini golf" theme yesterday. Pedestrians were successfully engaged  with our installation. Here are some images to give you an idea of how it went (in case you missed it).