Archive for February, 2012

SpacePlace of the Week – Form just follows function

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Lyon Railway Station by Santiago Calatrava expresses the beauty of an honest structure  repeated. Space is created, not by unnecessarily complex form making, but the repetition of a refined and elegantly composed component. The form is a natural by product of the structural behaviour and material, revealed through light. There is no need for ornament or decoration. Form just follows function.

Future proof design

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This stairgate designed in from the outset is a great example of forward thinking design. This future proofs the family house and ensures there is no need for awkward and often ugly stairgates to be installed over the generations.

SpacePlace of the Week – quirky form and function in LA

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

There is something delightful about this little office pob.  It has a great sense of place. Despite its quirky character you just know there is a reason why the designer has chosen to place it on a post out the front of the house. It speaks of its context.  The house is in Venice Beach, California and is an early design by Frank Gehry. The house is set back from the beach and the garden office pokes its head forward of the building line allowing a view right down the beach.  There was a time when form followed function, even in Frank Gehry’s work.

SpacePlace of the Week – delivering more bang for your buck

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge in Venice is a great example of how we see design. The bridge bit is taken for granted, that is the brief, the function, merely being ‘fit for purpose’. It delivers on that front. What is interesting to us as designers is the way it achieves something more.  The real added value is in recognising that a bridge is a place where PEOPLE will cross the canal, a place where people will congregate. Where people congregate there are new opportunities to be realised. The Rialto Bridge integrates boutique shops into the edges of the bridge transforming what would otherwise have been only a bridge into a market and meeting place. That is what we mean by elivering more bang for your buck.

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