Sep 12, 2016

Colorado Architecture

Boulder has some beautiful architecture, walking downtown Pearl Street is a must but you can see lots of cute houses just by driving around town.

Visitors Center

Old Dining Hall building

Houses on Pearl Street

Unique office building on Pearl Street

Denver has a great mix of more modern skyscrapers and smaller brick buildings with a lot of character. One of my favorite parts of the city was Larimer Square.



New York or Denver?

Beautiful modern fenestration

And of course, I had to make the pilgrimage to Libeskind's Denver Art Museum.

The details on the outside were exquisite

and the lighting on the inside and the layering of space was breathtaking.

Another cool building in Denver is REI. It's a historical railway building that was converted.


Denver had it's fare share of unique buildings as well, including this milk-pail icecream shop (with THE BEST icecream! Totally worth the wait!) and this unique house entryway.

I ended my time in Colorado with a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. 

Not only are the rock formations themselves amazing, but so is the way the architects seamlessly integrated the built elements to make the venue functional.

If you look closely at the upper left you can see the Denver skyline.

The backdrop of the stage is a natural rock formation that the lighting designer can project lights on during the show to create different looks.

If walls could dream... they'd dream of being in Red Rocks.

Sep 10, 2016

Portland Architecture

Although Portland isn't particularly known for its architecture,  there are still some remarkable buildings there and lots of cute houses to oogle over while you're driving around.

A building downtown Portland.

I visited the Pittock Mansion and although I didn't get to go inside, the exterior was elegant and the view was amazing. 

So many plants! Oregon definitely is not in a drought.

What Portland lacks in buildings it makes up for in bridges!

View from the Portland Aerial Tram.

A short drive from Portland is the Mt. Angel library by Alvar Aalto - it's a must see if you're in the area because it's just as beautiful, peaceful, and intricately detailed as it looks in the pictures.

If walls could dream... they'd dream of exploring a new city.

Jun 29, 2016

Hearst Castle

Yesterday I visited Hearst Castle for the first time. I was blown away by the estate, designed by Julia Morgan in the 1920s. The amount of detail in every aspect of the design was incredible. Every tile seemed like it was hand-selected.

The Neptune pool was closed for renovations but it was still incredible to see. My tour guide described how Julia incorporated antique and replica sculptures into the architectural decoration.

There are a number of guest houses on the property that surround the central Casa Grande.

They all have exquisite views of the ocean and immaculate gardens.

The tile work also really impressed me. Julia Morgan is known for designing her own tiles for projects and I loved the contrast between the blue and white custom tiles and the red terra cotta tile.

This is one of the towers in the Casa Grande. The two towers peek in and out of the trees as you approach the castle.

The front facade of the Casa Grande. It has a mix of styles and looks almost like a European cathedral.

The inside is just as beautifully decorated. Hearst loved antiques and art.

My favorite room was the Roman Pool. I had seen pictures of it before but to be there in real life was magnificent. The blue tiles sparkle and the water is perfectly clear. My favorite part is the cantilevered diving platform that adds depth to the space. If you ever have a chance to visit Hearst Castle, I think you should go just to see this one room.

If walls could dream... they'd dream of traveling back in time at Hearst Castle.

Jun 21, 2016

Sunset over day 2

Beautiful sunset over day 2 of the architecture workshop. Tried to capture it in a watercolor - almost there but missing some of the golden richness of the image. Happy summer solstice!

If walls could dream... they'd dream of golden fields after a long day of architecture.

Jun 20, 2016

Back at it

I'm back at Cal Poly as an RA for the Summer Architecture Career Workshop! I attended the workshop when I was in high school (you can read about my experience here) and now I'm back as an RA. I'm excited to get to work with all of the students and see the workshop from the RA side.

The first assignment of the workshop is to draw a towel. Here's my towel from three years ago - very timid and minimalistic - and a towel I sketched last night with the workshoppers - much more ambitious, almost looks more like a Gehry building than a towel.

If walls could dream... they'd dream of returning to where it all began.

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