I’ve finally had a lull in some of my officey work and got to get down in to the shop to make some things.
So, in my professional life, I’m a little space hungry. Especially horizontal surfaces, I don’t think it’s possible for me to have enough of them. This is a tad bit ironic, when compared to my personal life where my needs are rather modest. So here in the studio, I had a lofted mezzanine office space and a single, albeit large, drafting table for all my designing and officing needs. And it really didn’t cut it. So I’ve been working on building out an extension to the original mezzanine accessible via catwalk. I love catwalks. More broadly speaking, I love aerial space of all sort. The build-out is almost complete and here’s the result, in all of it’s 14 foot long desk AND drafting table to boot glory:
It’s been a while since I’ve really had a chance to dive into 3-D design tools for architecture. I switched software platforms from what I used to use (formZ) to 3DS Max Design 2009. It’s a *very* powerful 3D package, especially when it comes to it’s photorealistic rendering capabilities. It’s also a *very* deep and complex program and it’s taking me a bit to get up to speed. This is an early render for a project I’m working on.
i needed a platform for my bed at home, but frankly, don’t have all that much free time right now to build one. so, i set out to build a bed in two hours over the weekend. ka-ching. success. i started building this platform and was sitting back admiring it’s simplicity and, more importantly, it’s ‘done-ness’ right around 2 hours later. [sound of myself patting me on the back…]
A torsion box consists of two skins applied to a core material, usually a grid or framework of some kind. The torsion box functions as a beam, but is considerably lighter than a solid beam of the same size without losing much strength. Torsion boxes are used in the construction of airframes, especially wings and vertical stabilizers, in making wooden tables and doors, and for skis and snowboards.
Here Beth gives an assist with strength testing and some much needed compression.
The assembled grid-core.
This is one of my favorite small house designs that unfortunately was never realized. It is a freestanding master suite for a couple and their visiting grandkids on their Sonoma, California land. The footprint is very compact in order to minimize impact on the site. It is situated adjacent to the existing swimming pool and so becomes somewhat of the pool house, with a generous covered porch to enjoy a poolside view on hot summer days.
It’s form is thin and tall, with an ascending promenade into, up and through the house that culminates at the roof deck which serves as an aerial perch for watching birds and taking in the stunning Sonoma Valley landscape.
Click here or on the image below to view the 3D sketches.
I went with Rene and a new friend Liz this weekend to shoot at an old paper factory that’s being torn down. Liz is a costume designer and brought some of her antiquish wares to juxtapose with the post-industrial scenery. It never ceases to amaze me how even ugliness can be beautiful… if you look at it right.
Click the image to view the full gallery.