Green Week: The California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano

I’m proud of my home town of San Francisco. It’s a great place to live. It’s a place where people seem to care about their environment. Unfortunately, with a very few exceptions, our buildings are far from being green here in San Francisco. That’s why I’m really excited by the new California Academy of Sciences […]

Normally I wouldn’t Toot My Own Horn, But…

Normally, I wouldn’t too my own horn, but I will. I work at the architecture firm of David Baker and Partners. David is the principal and owner of the firm, and the design force behind all of the projects. That being said, we all contribute highly to the design and construction of the buildings. I’m […]

The Delpin-Nunez House by Fuster + Partners

Fuster + Partners is a San Juan, Puerto Rico based firm with a flare for the play of light on their buildings. Their design of the Delpin-Nunez House is a great example of this. The house uses many techniques to capture and manipulate natural light. For Instance, the house utilizes, both in floor and ceiling […]

Cover Tiles by Studio JSPR

The picture I’ve included does not really do this product justice. What Studio JSPR has created is a shower that reveals all its working parts through the shape of the tile. In fact, the controls of the shower and the shower heads are integrated into the ceramic tiles. I have mixed reactions about this system. […]

SGAE Central Office by Ensamble Studio

Ensamble Studio, a Madrid based architecture firm, is solidifying their place within architectural history by creating solid, monumental, and almost alien buildings that truly create a new paradigm in architecture with each building. For instance, the still under construction SGAE (the Spanish equivalent of the RIAA, blah) Central Office is unlike any building ever constructed […]

Function Tiles by Droog Design

Function Tiles is an oldie but a goodie. It’s a tile system from 1997 by Droog Designers Peter van der Jagt, Erik-Jan Kwakkel, and Arnout Visser that makes the tiles work more functionally, thus the name “Function Tiles”. The concept is brilliant. That is, getting more out of your shower or bathroom with limited space. […]

Event: 1st Biennial of the Canaries

When: Through February 10 Where: The Canary Islands What: This is a little long winded, but… “The Government of the Canaries is organising the 1st Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial, an international event taking place in the landscapes and spaces of the seven Canary Islands.We are currently preparing an encounter that will put at the […]

ID 40 2006: The All Terrain Cabin by Bark

Over the next week or two, I will include some of my favorite designers from ID Magazine’s “ID 40” list of top designers of 2006. It’s a pretty amazing list, so I urge you to pick up a copy of this magazine. Did you ever ask yourself what the heck are those Canadians doing up […]

Chandelier Autocollants by Munchausen

There are now (it seems) dozens of companies that are making stickers that are used as architectural appliques. This makes sense to me. The medium is young and exciting, and designers want to push the sticker genre as far as possible. The most successful designer of this genre, currently, is Munchausen who has created this […]

Macropod by Volume

I worked as a corporate interior designer for a number of years, so I’ve seen it all in terms of office systems. I usually wouldn’t waste my time on Steelcase and the like, however Volume is unique. They have created a product that is the first truly mobile office system I’ve ever seen. The system […]