The next day was dedicated to the gardens and we started at the small island of San Giorgio Maggiore, where Vatican commissioned some of the famous architectural names to present their vision of a chapel as a space for contemplation.
Not being a religious person and – to be honest – not bothered to check it out in advance, I haven’t expected much of it.
Therefore the impact they had on me, when I experienced the space – was even greater.
Each and every one of them represents the piece-of-art and it is truly impressive, how relatively simple forms manage to, through the sensible use of materials and volumes and light, they manage to create a serene, one could even say divine spaces, where one can almost physically feel connected with the universe as well as with one’s inner self.
Out of ten of them, I’d like to mention three at least.
Every two years it seems as if a religious event has occurred in Venice. Architects form all over the globe take the pilgrimage route to converge to this sacred place. The occasion, of course, is the famous Architectural Biennale – the showcase of the best & the brightest that the countries of the world have to offer on the field of architecture.
For months now, online and offline, social and regular media has been full of reviews and commentaries and photos of the pavilions and exhibitions. It is, nevertheless, on thing to see it in the media and something completely different to have an opportunity to experience it first handedly. And since the scope of the exhibitions and related or semi-related events is immense, regardless of much time one chooses to dedicate to it, one can always be sure, that more will be missed than seen.
This blog about the event…
Although, building a house is not exactly a rocket science, it is definitely not a walk to the park either.
The whole process takes decisions to be made.
And there are many. At a time it seems it is just an endless stream of them.
And they vary. A lot.
A client studying a detailed model of a part of the house that features vertical as well as horizontal commuting paths.
There are big ones on which projects succeeds or fails. And there are small, but definitely not less important, ones.
There are technology based and materials based and people based and…
And although one hires the specialists like an architect, engineers, project manager, contractors and other service providers…, to take care of things, one is not familiar with, not all – in fact not even close to all – decisions could not be all delegated.
Through my practice…
An email to my clients:
During yesterday’s phone call, you mentioned having second thoughts about the ramp toward the kid’s room. It might have been that it was just a non-important remark from your side. Never the less, I have to admit it touched me. Thinking about it, kept me awake this night and I feel the need to share some thoughts about the topic.
An indoor Ding Dong swing (by Kaaita) inevitable brings out the kid in us :D
We have had discussed that ramp for quite some times now. First on the sketches, during the conceptual planning, latter on the blueprints and scale models.
I am well aware, it is not an element, you might be usually able to find inside the house. It is an ambiental and functional element that…
Passionate about one’s work.
What more can one desire.
For years now, I shared my day-to-day events from a life of an architect. And I always felt kind of sad, that those memorable moments that define and inspire me, inevitable go into oblivion down the endless Facebook stream.
To lengthen their lifespan, I therefore decided to post at least some of them on my Scrapbook.
As they were posted.
For all of you that missed, liked or loved some.
Here they are…
29th September, 2017
While opting for a rain water usage usually has its roots in eco consciousness, a decision for a home photo voltaic power plant is mostly based on the desire for independence.
We build more and more of both on ‘my’ houses.
Seems like those two mindsets are strong with the clients that choose to work with me.
And I am not complaining, since I feel the same :)
Photovoltaic power plant on the garage roof at An…
Our homes had become sophisticated machines, designed to protect us from the environment. They are energy efficient, some of them to the point, that they even produce more energy than they consume. They are designed to cover every function and support any activity we might think of. And they are safe since they are constructed in a way to be able endure all possible conditions – from a pleasant sunny day or a rain, to almost to the point of being able of sustaining a terminal earthquake or a nuclear blast.
It is all a good thing.
Or isn’t it?
Any innovation, ever!, always came out of challenging the dogma.
This is a house of an Australian architect, my mentor and my dear friend Richard Leplastriere. He has a lovely wife and three sons. He is a former sailing Olympian and, regardless of his…
Deerubbin Conference 2016
good architecture and good people all together
The time it took me from my garage at home in Slovenia to the door of my hotel room in Sydney.
Over 150 participans have been welcomed to Australia by Aboriginal elder – uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison.
Almost five years after Glenn Murcutt Masterclass (GMMC) which, for me, proved to be a life changing event, I finally returned to Australia. And it kind of felt like I’d be comin’ home. The occasion, or rather an excuse to go back, was an annual architectural conference Deerubbin 2016 which was to held on a Milson Island about 60 km north of Sydney.
Yet again a trip proved to be well worth it. And to be able to share some of it, here are some of the moments – not in chronological order but rather as it came…
I felt frustrated.
It was a beautiful, sunny, late fall weekend. I decided to used it to catch up with the thousand tasks outside the house, that had been pilling up for quite some time now and had to be done before the arrival of the winter. But while I was chopping the logs, my mind was absent, racing in a high gear through a different world, solving a floor plan of my latest project. I brought a roll of a trace paper to the outdoor table and from time to time, I would put away an axe or some other tool I was using at the moment and grab a pencil to try yet another scheme that formed in my mind.
Whatever I tried made things even worse.
I was in despair.
And morning email from the client, where he told…
As the kids grow, traveling with them becomes more and more fun.
I always find it deeply fulfilling to be able to show them a rich variety of places and cultures. But there is also a big downside to that. Being occupied over hundred percent all the time, one can hardly steal a moment to take a pen and let it the thinking hand do the rest.
And so it was in Florence (Italy) last few days.
Nevertheless I was able to make three quick sketches… not my finest but not that bad either.
Palazzo Vechio was the the first one.
We just come across Ponte Vecchio and took a break at the plateau of Palazzio Pitti. With obscenely expensive ice cream for kids, I bought myself a moment of time to draw it… by memory.
When a doorbell is mounted, one can be pretty sure that a construction is finally coming to an end.
It is a pure joy every time I visit this building site. Although not finished yet, there are so many beautiful details to be seen. I simply had to gather – at least some of them – and to compose them into a photo blog. In a period that the picture changes literarily every hour, it represents a moment frozen in time. God will I miss this building site…
Nara feel at home already.
Beautiful Pinecone lamps never cease to amaze me.
And yet another lamps – this time a global classic Tolomeo – used in an unclassical way over the kitchen…