05 June 2007
30 April 2007
The past several months have been intense as this project inches closer to getting under construction. It is an 80,000 square foot, 2,500 seat performing arts center / convention center for a church in Virginia Beach. With steel joists spanning 165 feet over the auditorium, a two-story Lobby with 200 feet of curving blue-tinted glass curtain wall, suspended catwalks, multiple coffeshops and bookstores, etc., it will be dramatic to see this thing begin to take shape in the coming months. It'll be worth showing off the progress, so expect to see some updates on this with images in late summer. ("Yeah right" you're saying right now)
30 January 2007
The first entry in the FLASHBACK series is the piece "Turn", aka the funbox. Back in the year 2000, Amy Broderick was a masters thesis student at MICA in Baltimore and was one of 10 artists awarded a "Viewing Station" to be publically displayed as part of the annual Artscape festival. The artists were issued a plywood box, approximately 4'x4'x8' and solid on all sides except for a Plexiglas panel in one of the vertical faces; the requirements were to install drawings in the box for "90, 180, or 360 degree viewing". This opportunity to challenge the frame and manipulate the connection between 2d drawing and three dimensional space was the inspiration which lead the project to evolve into a collaboration between Amy, who was working on large drawings with ink on paper at the time, and Thom, who was working in architecture. The idea was to put the viewer inside the box, and the drawing outside. Further, the viewer would have to interact with the drawing - to touch it and pull it around the box, to turn it- in order to see it in its entirety.The funbox became a sort of spectacle at the festival. It was amusing and surprising to watch people line up to enter it while the masses surrounded it...the viewers inside and out becoming the objects of attention. Even more amusing and surprising was watching people put their hands inside the rubber gloves we installed... totally nasty; those things reeked of crab cakes in no time!
I intend to post a video i made of this thing in action on funhaus.net. stay tuned.
19 January 2007
This project began as an exciting design challenge for a couple of supercool clients: to renovate and make an addition to a historic residence in the Mowbray Arch section of Ghent. The existing residence would be gutted down to the floor plates with only a small number of interior walls remaining; and an old shabby addition would be removed to make way for a larger new Addition. Once drawings were made and the demolition began, the project quickly evolved into a significant construction challenge, as it was discovered that majority of the wood framing of the house was so compromised by termite damage and shoddy previous patches and "repairs" that it would all need to be replaced. So the house was stripped down to just its perimeter masonry walls and the roof. Steel frames and plywood shear walls were implemented to keep the house from toppling over, while at the same time affording us the opportunity to keep the first floor completely open and continuous, free of interior partitions, AND allowing us to completely remove the existing north facade, which would be the point of intersection of the old house and the new Addition.
It turned out well. There are some minor details which still need to be worked out, as is always the case. Once everything gets wrapped up and the residents are settled in, I'll head back for another photo session and post here in further detail. In the meantime, here are two sets of images of some of the highlights:
10 January 2007
I am slammed with a handful of huge deadlines (RL), but wow - 2007 is off to a very interesting start with regard to my current favorite hobby...
Oh yeah... Happy Lucky '07 to all!