Inspiration

Watching architecture

Mar 10, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa
photo courtesy of NW Films

photo courtesy of NW Films

Architecture films about John Lautner and others are coming to the NW Film Center in Portland.  Not to be missed.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Fencing – a sense of privacy

Mar 3, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

What is privacy?  With fences, it's never true privacy, but at best, a sense of enclosure and quiet, while still providing light and visual transparency.

I visited the Portland Japanese Garden with my family last weekend and saw this fence, which delicately achieved everything.  The top half is opaque, shielding our view from where we would usually register moving objects and color; the bottom half is translucent, with some interest to keep your eyes in the foreground, while still allowing the feeling of depth to what is beyond.  Critters and leaves can move freely at the bottom, which also keeps your interest close to the ground.  To mask the traffic noise, there was a water feature in front of the fence (called a shishi-odoshi, literally translated as a deer-scarer) creating white noise and more interest. Nice!

Color and texture

Feb 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

At Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

Portland Office Art Show – Friday 10/30/09

Oct 27, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

Anderson Bailey / Jessie Bean Goodman

Farewell Art Show and Office Happy Hour

Opening Night:  This Friday 10/30/09 4:30pm - 7:30pm
at hiromi ogawa architects
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97214

 

Please join us for happy hour as we showcase the work of two very talented artists who are leaving Oregon next month.  We wish them the best as they seek their next adventure in Tennessee.  Don't miss this show, as this will perhaps be the last time in a long time that their work will be available in Portland.
A wide variety of pieces will be on display and for sale during the event.  Cash and personal checks with ID will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more information on the artists, visit:

http://www.jessiebeang.com

http://www.theandersonbailey.com

Topics: Inspiration

For reals?

Oct 21, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

Bloodybelly comb jelly.  It's the stuff of Martians and outer space, yet it has lived in our waters all along.  I love this stuff.

Check out their website for a beautiful video of the jelly in motion.

photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium website

photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium website

Topics: Inspiration

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.

entry

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.

 

 

entry display shelf

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

Portland bridges

Dec 29, 2008 by Hiromi Ogawa

Every Portland bridge is unique and beautiful in their own way.  The Morrison Bridge, which is located near our office, is a metal grate draw bridge and is transparent when vertical.  You can see the sky through the bridge: a lightness that defies this heavy structure, connecting two sides of the riverbank.

Morrison Bridge

Topics: Inspiration

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