I love anything get inspires people to get involved with their environment. Check out this installation in Shenzen for the … Continue reading Getting involved
In Scotland most public toilets seem to be intentionally designed as manky boxes for underage drinking and snogging. Wish we … Continue reading Public toilets – YEAH!
There’s little that gets me more excited (in a design sense…simma down there…) than a judicious combination of old and … Continue reading The old and the new
This is Karim Rashid’s design for the Naples University Metro Station. While I wouldn’t design something like this (and might … Continue reading Whoah! Psychadelic!
I just came across this new Poetry Foundation building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects. It’s…. all right. In fact, from what I can see in the pictures, it offers some lovely moments. But poetic? I don’t know if I can stretch that far.
One of my favourite buildings in Edinburgh is the Scottish Poetry Library by Malcolm Fraser Architects. It’s tucked away down a narrow close (alleyway) off the Royal Mile, and it’s a small building but packs a big dose of quirky charm. I love how neatly it fits into its context, how clever the use of materials is, and how underwhelming it is. It presents itself – and by extension poetry – as an old, comfortable friend who has interesting taste. Continue reading “Poetry Libraries?”
This building contained a fairly technologically sophisticated system when it was completed in 2007. I couldn’t map out how the boilers created steam and electricity at the same time, but I will never forget how many times I calculated those curved girders in order to describe them to the fabricators accurately enough.
I spent more than two years working on the project – first on the design team, then in charge of the construction process. For a year and a half I drove out to Western Massachusetts once a week to meet with the construction team and the client.
One interesting part of the brief was that the building wasn’t designed to for very many people to use it, but it was being built in a very prominent spot at the entrance to the campus, so it had to look good. Continue reading “UMass Combined Heat and Power Plant”
It’s kind of a no-brainer to imagine, when given a brief for a ‘natural history museum’, a building that mimics … Continue reading Natural History – duh!
Who said the world of secret passageways should be limited to literature and video games? I absolutely love it when … Continue reading Secret Passageways