An End and a Beginning

An End and a Beginning Posted on December 5, 2013 “You haven't  just made a space, you’ve made a park.” I think I can speak for all of us when I say this comment by our client Harry Lesesne of the Parks Conservancy is still ringing in our ears.  Knowing that, with our small pavilion, we’ve made [...]

A Balancing Act

I’d say a 50/50 ratio. This past week we’ve been alternating from working at the shop and at the site. That is, we have been spending half of our time building the components of the pavilion in the shop and half of our time prepping the site for construction. The idea is that by performing [...]

In This Together

Now that we’re nearing the end of our construction document phase and moving into construction, I’ve been considering the unique lessons that design/build can teach you that the conventional studio system cannot. One such lesson that has become clear to me over these last few days is one of accountability. Accountability is crucial in any [...]

Filling in the Gaps

This phase of the project reminds me of a puzzle that is just a few pieces away from being done. The end is in site, and now the studio is just undergoing a process of filling in those last few gaps. At this point, we are articulating and fine-tuning our ideas, rather than producing new [...]

Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas

Solid, useful, and beautiful. Such are the three Vitruvian principles – the filter though which a building can be analyzed to determine its degree of success or failure. How can a building be structurally sound... as well as support its use... while also exhibiting beauty? Can these three seemingly conflicting ideas be melded into one? [...]

Back to the Basics

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Words of wisdom from Leonardo da Vinci. This weekend we are following up on our individual presentations for the design of our garden pavilion by taking a retrospective step back to the basics - to simple site and pavilion layout. We’ve spent the last week doing schematic designs for the [...]

Architecture Parlante

Over the weekend we – the five members of Studio V – have been finalizing our site analysis.  This is the time to focus and to refine the research, diagrams, and precedents we have been working on over the past two weeks. You may ask, “Why this concluding note?” On Wednesday we will be giving [...]