Most creative minds agree, that a superb solutions feature an amazing level of simplicity. They appear clear and logical. So logical, one might even wonder why it took it so long to come to that. Since it is so simple and obvious, it is only logical to expect, that one should be able to come up with it quite easily.
But path to that simplicity is usually not so straight forward one might expect.
During the creative process, House Z, its concept, its shape, its floor plan and placement,… went thru many phases before it evolved to the present state.
Thru the photo blog bellow, I’d like to share with you at least a part of this fantastic and enlightening journey, my clients and me traveled over the past year…
Thank god for women!
Juicy Salif, citrus-squeezer designed by Philippe Starck, produced by Alessi
I guess, architects would be in big trouble, if there would not be for a feminine part of the usual clients’ duo.
Men, for most cases, are rational functionalists. They easily identify with a famous Louis Sullivan’s quote: “Form follows function”.
Farnsworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe derives its aesthetic from its functional form purified to the maximum.
Function is, more or less, easy to define.
It could be explained.
Or it could be debated about and rationalized with an argument.
That is, why many men find it so convenient.
Something they could always count for, to be there for them to lean on in case of doubt, confusion and uncertainty.
Something, which ensures, that their…
Alenka and me joined a group of fellow architects for a two days trip to Zagreb (capital of Croatia). The aim was, to visit some of the architecture highlights from the area.
And here is what we saw…
…this photo blog represents just one, of many possible, point of view…
One of the leading Slovenian online architectural resources – Trajekt (trajekt.org) has asked me to write about my experience of GMMC.
Since those two weeks of July, 2011, I have spent down under, proved to be one of the most significant and pleasurable weeks and a pivotal point of my life, when I started to write, I instantly got carried away. And I ended with triple the size of the maximum amount of text. As I usually do!
Therefore I have to rewrite it completely…
But on the other hand, I kind of like how the original story turned out since I find it quite readable. So therefore, I have decided to post it in my Scrapbook anyway since my readers are used to read my long posts :)
“Dear passengers! This is your captain speaking. We are about to…” Words from…
Are you familiar with Le’ Courbusier LC 4 resting chair, Tizio lamp, Arne’s The Ant Chair or Starck’s Juicy Salif lemon squeezer?
Does names such as Moroso, Alessi, Kartell, Vitra, etc. ring any bells?
Does your heart beat speed up (not because of a high price tag!) while you come across some design peace of furniture?
Does a well designed working and living space inspire you?
Do you choose Apple products over any other regardless of the tech specs?
Do you rather wait for years, save money and buy nothing that opt to compromise with a design?
Do you constantly have a lack of space for new design products?
If you have answered mostly “no“, you could stop reading. This blog is not for you. You might even get irritated by it. So STOP! Stop reading it! I’ll write another one, soon enough.
But if you have…
Carst (Kras in Slovene) is a region that has always fascinated me with its specific nature, diverse climate, stone architecture and – most of all – some special kind of tranquility, hard to describe, but easy to feel.
Therefore, when an opportunity arose to design a house there, I jumped on it.
Regardless, that I have been in the area on many occasions and that I have visited a site with the clients, I felt like I need to pay it another visit – alone – in order to fully immerse into the place.
That way this sketch & photo blog was created. No particular topic – just impressions…
Coming out of the road turn, out of nowhere, this typical Carst home appeared. Beautiful composition of stone buildings with slated roofs. Stone wall embraces the inner courtyard which is…
It was a hot summer evening on a seaside terrace, sun slipping behind the horizon and kids already asleep, when I noticed a beautifully layered scenery across the Piranese bay…
Just grabbed my sketchbook and draw a few quick-few-seconds sketches. Nothing fancy, but I just enjoyed drawing them and like the way they turned out.
It has been, while working at AB (Ljubljana based architectural buro) during my architectural study, that I have come across Alvar Aalto’s opus for the first time.
We have been working on some competition project and I have used every minute, I was able to spare, to browse thru enormous pile of architectural books our mentor and employer – architect Janez Lajovic, kept in his studio. It has been during one of those breaks, away from the drawing desk, that I come across the thin booklet of Alvar Aalto works. I have to admit, that I have not been throughout impreseed by (all) his works. But nevertheless something about his buildings have drawn my attention. At the time, I was not sure what it was. But from today’s point of view, I’d say…
Last week, an exhibition of an architect Glenn Murcutt opened in MAO (Museum of Architecture and Design) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am using the occasion to post some of the Glenn Murcutt’s quotes – something, I have been preparing to do for quite some time now.
All the quotes are from the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass (GMMC) 2011, which took place last summer in Australia and which, I have been privileged to to attend.
Some of the quotes are from lectures, he gave us in Boyd’s Centre in Riversdale and Carriageworks in Sydney. Some are coming from the tutors’ critiques we were given at our tables or during our group presentations. And some, I just picked up from the various conversations we had back then.
Even today, especially when I feel in need of inspiration or I need an extra push to keep going,…
Today, I have been lucky, to be able to visit an amazingly beautiful plot of land somewhere in the hills of western part of Slovenia. It would be a privilege to be trusted to make an architecture for this place. Clients, a couple with two kids – really nice and warm people, just prove to be a pleasant addition to this site.
Wind directions, winter and summer sun paths, relief, existing trees, terrain conditions, shadows,…
Everything is important in order to be able to architecture for the place.
The lecture, I have been tought last summer by the Masters, is just to important to be ignored. Lindsay – experience really does go deep and wide.
Nature tells us everything… if we just take a time to understand it.