Architecture

I am not an architect, but have a great appreciation for architecture.  Do I have a favorite architect?  Not exactly.  I acknowledge the masterful works of the contemporary and historically famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, Loius Kahn, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid.. this list goes on.  However, as I peruse my favorite architecture “groupie” sites, I see many architectural masterpieces that have been created by firms or individuals who’s names are unknown to me.  I browse through so many architectural images and renderings, that I find it hard to imagine being satisfied with living in a traditionally designed house.  I want to own a piece of architectural art.  It doesn’t have to be the magnum opus of a well-established superstar.  Simply, something that I will enjoy occupying.  A building that I feel emotionally and physically connected to.  One that says as much about who I am as the words that I speak, or the clothing that I wear.

Until I find myself walking the hallways of my own custom-built architectural, I’ll put a few of my own ideas on paper.  I’ll start small.  I have always wanted to design my own stand-alone art studio.  So, I got started!

Here is one of several examples of the containers home/studio concepts that I have been working on. Most of my simple renderings are still in my sketchbook. I decided to take it easy and build my first digital concept using Google sketchUp. The more I look at it, the more I feel like I may have taken it a little too easy. This was my first time using this program in serious way. SketchUp appears to be function-limited compared to AutoCAD or 3dsMax, but it has a higher fun factor. I was even able to virtually hang digital reproductions of my own artwork on the studio’s workwall – which actually gives me a very interesting idea! I did the same with the north interior wall of the main room which is visible through the front window(with the exception of these photos).

Keep in mind.. I am not an architect. Not yet. I may not possess the formal training in architectural theory or design, but I think I’m headed in that direction. For now, I’m simply an enthusiastic, structural drafter with access to the right software and a little spare time.

 

This concept uses four containers set on the foundation(2 sets of parallel units) and one upper unit that acts as the studio/creative space.

This concept uses four 20ft. containers set on the foundation(2 sets of parallel units) and one upper 20ft. unit that acts as the studio/creative space. Solar panels mounted on the roof of the studio lend a touch of green to the home.

Container Home Concept - west view showing the steel and concrete staircase connecting to the studio balcony and entrance.

WEST VIEW showing the steel and concrete staircase connecting to the studio balcony and entrance.

Container NORTH VIEW showing the building's front facade including the front entrance, broad view of the upper studio's steel finish.  The rooftop deck is only accessible from the studio.  I don't know  if that would be considered a unique trait or design flaw.

Container Home Concept – north view showing the front facade including the front entrance, broad view of the upper studio’s steel finish. The rooftop deck is only accessible from the studio. I don’t know if that would be considered a unique trait or design flaw.

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