L-Bo Chair

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Caution around this industrial lounge.  This chair is composed of HVAC elbows and T’s and bright bungie chords.  The industrial look struck me as I was walking through the ventilation isle at a home improvement store.  After assembling a design right there in the isle, I purchased the pieces and brought them back to the studio.  Going through some trial and error the futuristic lounge took shape.  This is the first of many; stay tuned!

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Twisted Timbers

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At the end of an amazing promenade of murals, The Village of Arts and Humanities on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, creates an amazing energy and an overpowering togetherness in the community around it. This interlocking togetherness and warmth is one of the main inspirations for Twisted Timbers. Interlocking, wood joinery is a major feature of the building; using it to filter light as well as make the eye dance around the facade.  This architecture plunges itself down into the ground and twists back up around the center core.  This core contains the circulation as well as a dramatic lightwell that pulls daylight all the way to the basement.  Functioning primarily as a recreation and meditation center for the community, this structure also plays host to local farming with a large open space on the main floor for a Food Co-op.  Twisted Timbers is a landmark at the end of this terminus that helps the Village continue it’s amazing work for the community of North Philadelphia.

Fun to Read / Fun to Build

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Graphics in the architecture industry are for persuading possible clients to build a project.  Illustrations for this purpose deserve long hours and bold statements but where does this mind set go once we’ve gotten the job?

Preparing construction drawings is a daunting task to say the least and Revit doesn’t make it any easier.  Often times this becomes the most boring part of an architect’s job.  I believe that this part of the job should be an exciting process.  Drawing up the joinery and figuring out how things really go together is a huge part of architecture and we, as architects, should treasure how a building is put together.  Expressing an idea to a builder has a graphic solution contained in the building prints.  Why aren’t these graphics that we hand builders graphically appealing?  Why can’t these drawings be just as fun as our doodles that inspire design?

I would like to experiment with this idea. If the graphics to build a project are just as colorful and fun as illustrations but still maintained the level of instruction would it be a more enjoyable construction for the builder?

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Japan Drop 1

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Tokyo Tower!  This is one of the first landmarks that I got acquainted with in Tokyo.  I would pass it when I would walk to Temple University Japan (TUJ).  The cover photo is the first time I got up close to the tower and I was truly amazed with the area that is immediately around it.

Zojo-ji is the Buddhist Temple pictured in the first image.  The first time I explored this area was after I went to Minato City Hall, which is really close!  This temple is huge and very interesting.  Arriving in Japan one of the things I noticed right away was the overwhelming amount technology and how well it was integrated in everything .  This is a good example of this juxtaposition of new and old in a simple and effortless way that Japan does so well.

The rest of the images are from the lookout inside Tokyo Tower.  I was lucky enough to be there during sunset.  Seeing the city light up was absolutely stunning.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Check back soon for another drop!

Folded Pages

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Architecture / Drawing / Japan

Folded Pages is a building inspired by origami that is situated along a heavily trafficked staircase in Yanaka-Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.  This area of the city is traveled by people heading to the market or the train, both just down the street.  The area is constantly bustling with people of all different speeds and time frames.  To meet the needs of various groups, this building offers the public literature to read and share in three hierarchically diverse spaces.