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breathe in…

Apr 27, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

I've been getting into meditation lately, and the core of our focus is on breathing.  Breathing alcohol takes it to a whole new level.... and calling it Alcoholic Architecture elevates it to the realm of design and experience.

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http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/atmospheric-intoxication.html

Topics: Food, Inspiration

Portland office photos

Apr 24, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

After the newsletter went out on 4/22/09, from which we got a great wave of responses, we also had many requests to share what our office looks like.  All photos were taken by our lovely office mate, Kristin Beadle of Beadle Design.

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This is our entry alcove, right inside the glass entry.  Our architectural resource and sample library lines the red shelving on casters, designed by our very own Zack Gillum.  All of our custom casework (which includes our desks and wall-hung shelves made of apple ply) was fabricated by MADE in Portland, who does beautiful work locally and nationally.

 

 

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To the right of the resource library, we have translucent white shelving by Cubitec.  We have a few pieces and magazines living in some of the cubbies right now, and hope to fill it up with more toys and objects that strike our fancy.

 

 

desks

Here you see the built-in wood desks lining the left side of the office.  The right side of the office consists of the entry alcove, the conference table, and a future lounge area by the glass garage door.  The three spaces are softly defined by the red boxes with our library in them.  Finding furniture for the lounge is taking us longer than we had expected - we're looking and waiting for just the right pieces - a sofa that's long enough to lie on, two side chairs, and an coffee table that doubles as an extra meeting surface. A few table and floor lamps will also help make that area feel warm and cozy, like a little vacation spot from the office.

 

 

office center

In the background you see the office "hub", which is a raised tabletop (user-friendly counter-height design) with a print/mail area on one side, and a little kitchenette on the other.  When we have Friday cocktails with friends, this is where we inevitably end up standing around and talking - it's the hearth of our office.

So there you have it.  If you want to see more, you'll just have to come over.

 

 

Topics: Inspiration

A study in contrasts – Vader House on Archinect

Feb 20, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

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Beautiful in so many ways. Check out:

- the sunken pool in the courtyard

- the way the new, light structure meets the old, heavy one

- contrast between light and dark, color and no color, plain and detailed

- the tubular kitchen hood (hoods are usually ugly, so this is refreshing)

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Our office is currently designing a modern tansu-like storage area under a stair for a client in California, and I see that Andrew Maynard has a similar treatment under his scissor stair.

Topics: Inspiration

Bird’s Nest – The Movie

Feb 20, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

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Herzog and De Meuron make a por... I mean a movie.  It's playing on 3/8/09 at the Whitsell Auditorium in Portland.  For more information, you can find it here.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

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