F&F BLOG THOUGHTS, SCRIBBLES & CULTURE FROM AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FIRM
2013 Year in Review
It’s been a great year for us at Form & Function. We’ve had the opportunity to work on some excellent projects, and we’ve added two new folks to our staff.
Take a look at what we’ve accomplished this year:
What was the original real estate office for the Cliffs Community in what is now the DuPont State forest got a full renovation. The cabin is now a visitor center for the many visitors that come to the park. The lower level is now an office for the Forest Rangers.
An existing 1970′s restroom facility needed a grand facelift. With all new fixtures, roof, siding, interiors and ADA compliant upgrades, this restroom facility will now be in commission for many more years for the State Forest.
118 WT Weaver Boulevard
UNCA’s acquired old MAHEC building. We renovated the existing building for its new tenants. The Advancement Department will be moving into the upper floor of the building while the new Student Health Services will be taking over the bottom floors.
Residential Fireplace & Home Renovation
Our clients took the unfortunate incident of a chimney fire and turned it into an opportunity. We vaulted the ceiling in their living room, foyer and bedroom and designed a new fireplace with built-ins.
We have several wonderful projects in the works for 2014.
- Industrial pre-engineered metal building for a large local industrial client
- Unique restaurant on Riverside Drive
- Fast-casual restaurant with a new take on delicious, Asian cuisine
- Private artist studio and residence
- Modern single family Residence in East Asheville
- Renovations for Buncombe County Schools
-Reroofing of state ADACT facility
Thank you to all our clients and business associates for making our job fun, challenging, and rewarding. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Old and New School
Here’s a great example of how we blend old school/hand sketching techniques, which communicates a big picture idea softly to a client, with new 3D BIM modeling techniques showing incredible detail – down to the Winter Solstice sun angle in drawing 5/G001.
Green Design & Development Still has to Make Someone Money
An awesome client of ours (in fact, our clients are pretty much all awesome) passed this article along:
It seems to echo a trend we are noticing in the Asheville area of land developers realizing that a little bit of green design/construction is worth their green money. Our awesome client above talks about viewing money as another renewable resource and, if managed smartly, really does start to change how you can think about large scale development.
Keep an eye out for a couple of projects we’re working on with these forward-thinking developers that truly display a sense of stewardship – both environmentally and fiscally.
Where it all began…well for a lot of us at least
I know many an architect who start their career at a young age with Legos, lots and lots of Legos. Red ones, blue ones, and only a few shapes and sizes (nothing like they are now). Lego seems to understand this very well. You may have seen the Lego Architecture Series, if not, it is Lego building sets for adults. The models are architectural masterpieces, such as The Farnsworth House and Fallingwater and many classical architectural wonders.
Lego is now helping us all go back to our childhood roots. They have just launched The Lego Architecture Studio.
All the blocks are white or translucent. They come it lots of wonderful shapes and sizes and they are just what I want for my birthday (hint, hint). Here is a great video of their launch at Lego World in Copenhagen.
I wonder if we will start seeing buildings with little knobs on top.
Details to Reality
Sometimes it is the little details that make a project great. Below are some of the details of the Aleen Steinberg Center in Dupont State Recreational Forest. Thank you very much to Eco Wise Construction for taking our details and making them a reality.
Compass Rose w/ Forest Service Emblem (All Wood FloorCraft)
Wainscoting Detail on Lower Level Classroom
Awning Detail on Lower Level