As Architects we gain inspiration from the world around us. Crafted images have become wonderful sources for our visioning process, and the internet & social media have really opened up the variety of inspiration images available. I particularly draw from both example projects, built or not, but also from ‘lifestyle’ or ‘scenic’ images that help to create a mood. These are tools that aid us in the creation of spaces and help clients visualize the feeling of the project before the project is even produced. Typically we will print a number of these images and see how a client responds or use them to augment presentations.
Recently I have been working on a project in Banff. It is a small project, and as it is not yet complete I can’t show the designs, but I wanted to share the images we used to inspire our design.
We really focused on a more clean-lined and modern design, but that still fit into the mostly forested location that the building will be built. We had to ensure the footprint would be as efficient as possible!
We wanted to stick with something simple in its shape, but recognizable and in a way nostalgic to the Park. Thinking along the lines of Ski Chalet, or Cabin. Also have it relate back as much as possible to existing buildings in the area.
Of course the intent was also to blend natural materials such as stone and wood, with more modern ones (albeit still somewhat natural) such as concrete and metal. In particular I have always been fond of board-formed concrete, and it appears I may get to use it in this building!
It has been an exciting project so far, and I look forward to having it constructed. Project Visioning is one of my favorite parts of the design process, as it fun to find beautiful images but also really interesting to see what a client likes and dislikes!
Thanks for visiting!
Disclaimer: The images shown in this post do not belong to me, and I did not produce them. Our process typically involves google searches, pinterest, tumblr, and other such social media/media websites. The header image is from http://www.thousandwonders.net/Banff+National+Park – if an image belongs to you please let me know and I can provide credit, or delete it off this post. Thank you!
Well hello again! It’s only been, what, a few years since last hearing from me? Every time I took a look at my blog and the 2015 date on the last post I cringed in guilt. But at the same time, I realized perhaps I had bitten off more than I could chew at that time in my life, particularly after my now-husband proposed to me and I set about planning a wedding, getting married, and then taking my Architectural exams (which required an abhorrent amount of study time!) and finally feeling more or less settled so many years later.
In a way I feel alright about it considering I have so few followers at this point, and didn’t really have a guiding concept other than Architecture for my blog. To those who do follow me religiously (good friends and family) I apologize for my absence. But here I am again, refreshed and more-or-less with a determination to make this work and to enjoy it as an important element in my life.
I have, of late, been doing some “soul searching.” Everything in my life is great, wonderful in fact, but I miss having a bit of purpose or explore-time that being in school afforded me. Work also provides some great time for discovery, but as work should be, it is dedicated to particular goals and directions as dictated by the projects I get to work on. So I have decided to do something strictly for me, and for my future and goals – and hopefully as a product, of interest to my audience.
So, though the last time I made a post such as this and it didn’t necessarily keep me accountable, I have decided to post it anyways and make the attempt! As such, this is what you can expect from me in the near future of this blog:
- I will continue to produce posts that I feel are relevant to Intern Architects, Architecture as a whole and the experiences I am having as a woman in the business of Architecture
- I will be providing personal updates in a similar fashion, but more focused on my personal life and specific goals I wish to share in regards to fitness, food, and perhaps even fashion if I am feeling particularly “On-Trend”
- I have decided to create a new series of posts termed “Design Dialogue” to expand my network and learn from my peers by conducting interviews with local Calgary entrepreneurs, up-and-coming individuals, and influencers in the design community in Calgary
- I would also like to post about local events that I attend, and things I see around town – or whatever town I happen to be in at the time!
- I will do my best to continue the “Thursday Three” posts as I so love doing research and finding more information about built projects, though depending on how life goes it may become a bi-weekly event
- I will be posting inspiration images for projects I am working on, or just what I happen to be pinning or finding on IG as a way of amping up my week and getting excited about design – I’ve always loved these types of posts on other people’s blogs as a way of discovering new things
- Finally, I am going to see if I can find some people around me who can do some guest posts, or as this blog develops link up with other bloggers for some joint posts – again I feel like this will help achieve some great networking (which I am absolutely horrible at!)
To everyone who follows me so far, I very much appreciate you taking time to read my posts and browse through my blog. Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to hearing your feedback or comments on the new stuff coming up!
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Love has certainly been in the air this week for myself, I celebrated 7 years of dating with my boyfriend and tomorrow is Valentine’s. Luckily though, I haven’t gone over the top with the Valentines themed links today! Here’s what I saw trending this week:
Cheesy Architecture Valentine’s day cards (o yes I did)
This would be a beautiful place to get married
What came 1st? the Chicken or the Egg? In this high-end chicken coop I doubt anyone is asking that question
I love this cafe and bakery – it is the color palette of my room!
Try out this geometric mouse-pad tutorial (because heaven knows architects need a good mouse-pad these days)
I want this popcorn machine! Check out the gif!
Well that’s it – Have a good long weekend for those of you that have it!