Balancing Architecture and Family

How have all the greats done it? LeCorbusier, Mies, Wright, Kahn, Gehry…?  It’s interesting to me how some of these “greats” on this list were great architects, but not so great, in fact, when it came to their families.

Unfortunately, in light of our career driven society, the measure of a man seems to be about how famous he is or how much money he brings in.  For some, this seems to be the driving force behind their existence.  Eternal value seems to bear so little significance to the gathering of temporary things.

I find myself as of late spending more and more time at the office.  I’m missing out on some of those little moments with my 3 year old daughter, moments that I can never get back.  All in an effort to provide for my family and give them the most that I can.  In my efforts to give them the most that I can, I’m falling short in giving them the thing that that matters most to them… my time.

 I guess architecture is not that different from any other creative career in that, the creative process takes much time.  If you’re in a creative field, stay focused on your practicing and honing your skill set, and become the best that you possibly can at whatever it is you do, but remember, take some time for the most important things in your life… the people you share it with. They won’t be around forever, and neither will you. 

Naturally Modern

Naturally Modern

Here’s a repost of an article from Houzz.com.  I dig the designs featured throughout the article and I hope you will, too.  If you want to breath some life into your space, the marriage of old and new materials is essential for a warm, character-filled environment.  Repurposed / salvaged materials have a story of their own and bring their charm and history to YOUR space.

New technology, reclaimed materials and an enormous protective roof combine in this Hawkins home for irresistible modern rustic charm

Here’s a repost of an article on Houzz.com. I don’t care for every aspect of this home, but I do appreciate the eclecticism consistent throughout the home.  The glass bottle rammed earth wall and the red cedar soaking tub are a nice touch. I also like the standard doors mounted sideways in a few locations, in the role of awning windows.  To read the article and see the photos for yourself, click the “Houzz Tour: Under a Metal Canopy in Texas” link here, or above the image slideshow. I hope you find this as interesting as I did, and perhaps a little more, so much so, that you’ll “follow” this blog!

Stone Creek Camp: Andersson-Wise

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Regional Modernism is an architectural language of expressing regional architectural forms, often with a regional material palette, but arranging the elements (both in plan and elevation) in a more contemporary manner. I really appreciate this direction of architectural pursuit, as it both relates to our regions cultural past while advancing the architectural technology and artistic expression for our current societal state. This series of dwellings, designed by Andersson-Wise Architects, in Austin, Texas is a great example of just how creativity on the part of the architect can liven up the traditional gabled-roof building form.

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The architects use of a diverse material palette highlights the different elements in this design, seemlessly blending the architecture, hardscape and landscape.  The building just looks like it belongs in it’s environment.  

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Elements such as the green roof and gravel drive illustrate the architects sensitivity to the surrounding lanscape, while the uses of steel, concrete, stone, glass, and wood add to the value of the designs life cycle cost, as these materials can all lend themselves to recycling and reuse for future generations.

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Although this project appears to have had a hefty budget, the principles used throughout this design are simple and don’t have to be costly to achieve similar results. Then again, sometimes you just have to be willing to pay for good design.

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