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Pay Off?!

- by Matej Gašperič

… or why best architects’ work comes for free?

I am often amazed how much time some people are prepared to invest into a buying process of a 20.000€ car. A car that, eventually, in 5-10 year time they would replace with a new one. While on the other hand, when it comes to build a house, with a price tag of the investment ten times higher at least, a house where they would live their dream life, raise their children and spend – maybe – the rest of their time in, that is not always the case.

When with a client it comes to the point, to discuss the price, I often say that to them my service actually comes for free.

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Well not free in a way, you do not pay me money for my work. Yes, it is true, I love… No! … I…

 
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Form Follows Emotion

- by Matej Gašperič

Thank god for women!

Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck

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 by Mies van der Rohe

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 solid.
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…

 
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Alvar Aalto

- by Matej Gašperič

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…

 
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Glenn

- by Matej Gašperič

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,…

 
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