F&F BLOG THOUGHTS, SCRIBBLES & CULTURE FROM AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FIRM

Office Warming Party


Well the last finishing touches are being made to the office, and we are very excited to have you come see it.

 

Drop by Friday May 29th from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. to take a look and grab a snack!

Our new office is located at 9 Walnut Street, Suite 3B, Asheville NC 28801.


Introducing Number 005.


Hello everybody.

I’m the newest member of the office. They call me Number 005, the fifth person to work for Form & Function, but you can call me Kimberly.  I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Entrepreneurship.  So, at F&F I’ll be focused on the gut, the heart, to me the most important part of the building, the interior.

The Interior Design program at ASU focused mostly on commercial design, but residential design was not left out. I have always felt a pull towards residential design but the key to creating smart commercial design is to give the space a personal feel, its own identity. An identity people can connect with. My senior year at ASU my final project lasted the whole year. We were allowed complete freedom to create whatever we wanted to create.  I designed an elementary school by renovating an old mill building.

Click link below to check out my senior project in the link below: Berryhill Elementary School

http://issuu.com/kimberlyinez/docs/berryhillelementaryschool_d73bbb8c385e3a/1

Lobby Rendering:

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Classroom Rendering:

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On my first day, as soon as I walked in and was shown my desk Emili, the project manager, spent the next 2 hours with me getting down to the nitty-gritty details about the designs in progress and the buildings under construction. Right away I was a part of the team, someone who was connected in to the firm. Like the concept of Berryhill Elementary School, Evolving is Learning, I know I’m going to learn so much here and grow from that knowledge.

If you want to truly get to know F&F, then learning through me probably is the best way because that’s what I’ve done the first few months on the job. Form & Function is a small firm with just the four of us working hard for our clients. We have a very open office where we can pop around, for me, ask questions, and check out what others are working on. We laugh all day long but take our work very seriously. All around, I laughed and learned a lot in these few months of working at F&F.

Random Facts I learned about my coworkers this week:

Arlen:

-is obsessed with coffee way more than anyone else I know.

-wants a pet pig and platypus.

Emili:

-used to be on a Rollar Derby team that had its own reality T.V. show!

-had a canyon in her back yard growing up.

Myles:

-has names for his scarves- Scarfie and Brownie.

-has calves so big it looks like there is an iphone 6+ in his leg, because he cycles. (and because he’s strong ~ myles {yep, i got the master login for everything})


Move-In Day


Well its official, Form and Function is all moved out of its old office.

(looks empty doesn’t it)

  Empty Office

 

Here are a few of the funny things we managed to find while packing: The heights of everyone who has worked in the office, an old office plan, and some interesting gifts from our clients.

 Heights   Funny Find Funny Finds

 

Here are a few pictures of the new office (it even has walls and a ceiling).

                                                                                                                        Main Lobby New Office                                     Office Entry

 Feel free to drop by and give us a visit at  9 Walnut, suite 3B right above Skully’s Bar.


New Location


Guess who’s moving!

Form and function is moving about one hundred feet down the street (rhyme intended) .

We are growing out of our current space above Henco Reprographics to 9 Walnut Street, Suite 3D.

We will be sharing the building with other downtown establishments Scully’s, Mora Jewelry, Brownstone Realty, Clearpoint Marketing and the Tao Institute.

Move-in-day is April 15 and we couldn’t be more excited….and in true F&F style, expect a party. More to come on that later

 

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Asheville’s Haunted Architecture


 

Happy Halloween

Well on account of it being Hallow’s Eve, our gift to you is some scary stories set in some of the most famous architectural sites in Asheville to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville

Built in 1905 by Architect Rafael Guastavino, this Spanish Renaissance style Roman Catholic Church is said to have the largest free standing elliptical dome in North America. Rafael, also credited with designing Ellis Island’s Great Hall, Grand Central Station, and Carnegie Hall, painstakingly placed placed each brick tile of the roof by hand using an ancient method he has revived. The church was completed in 1909, sadly Guastavino did not live to see its completion. However, while on his deathbed, Guastavino conveyed his last wish to his son:  That he be buried within the walls of St. Lawrence with room enough for his wife and daughter to  be buried upon passing.  Upon completion, Guastavino was placed in the tomb, but some years later the City of Asheville passed a law stating that no one can be buried on public or private property causing Guastavino’s wife and child to be buried a half a mile down the road. To this day, many believe that the spirits of Guastavino’s wife and daughter have moved to the church to be with their beloved family member. Staff members report unusual cold patches, flickering lights, and doors opening and shutting for no particular reason.

Basilica of St. Lawrence

 

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Completed in 1913, The Gove Park Inn is known for its burnt orange tiled roof as well as its enormous fireplaces flanking the entry way. The resort was designed by the “Father of Modern Asheville” Edwin Wiley Grove who personally accumulated the land and funds for this grand hotel, believing the North Carolina air would cure his extreme hiccups. The hotel’s captivating beauty would make anyone never want to leave, and according to legend, one guest never did.  The Pink Lady, named for her pink misty appearance, is rumored to have roamed the Grove’s halls for over a hundred years.  The legend goes that this young lady fell, jumped, or was pushed to her death out of the window from room 545. Whatever her origin, The Pink Lady seems to be a kind and mischievous ghost which is evident by her love for children and playful pranks.

Grove Park Inn

 

 Battery Park Hotel

Built in 1886, the original Battery Park Hotel was the first hotel from the south to have an electric elevator and lighting. Many families, such as the Vanderbilts, visited the scenic hotel to alleviate illnesses such as Tuberculosis or purely to enjoy the views.  This version was later torn down and the one you see today was built in its place thanks to architect Edwin W. Grove in 1924. The hotel, which is now apartments, is rumored to be haunted by Helen Clevenger. It is told that her uncle, W.L. Clevenger, found her body brutally beaten and murdered on July 17, 1936 in room 224. The hall boy Martin Moore was later arrested for the murder. Helen is rumored to make quick appearances on the anniversary of her murder by appearing in a red mist.

Battery Park Hotel

 

Need more? Check out this book to read all about the haunted places here in Asheville!

Pumpkins

 

 


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