Monthly Archives: November 2013

Trash Textures

This post is (about) garbage.

In Eugene there is a store called Bring where you can find all sorts of architectural salvage and re-used materials. So, while sifting through the mass amounts of materials for a Green Interiors course, I snapped a few textural photos. I always use textures when photoshopping that I mostly steal from the internet. So rather than always taking, I’m now giving. Maybe somebody will find use for these…

A wall clad with old records:

record wall

A fence made of old bed springs:

bed spring fence

A box of door knobs:

door knobs

Some massive tires:

old tires

A box of wood dowel connectors:

wood dowels

Lastly, some old wood beams:

wood beams

Who knew garbage could look so good?

Back to studio!

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Studio Field Trip: the Gordon House

This is the last one! After this I’ll quit posting so much, promise. 

Gordon House Intro

Located in Silverton, Oregon, the Gordon House is the only example of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Oregon. Also, it is the first work by Frank Lloyd Wright that I’ve seen in person.

Designed in Wright’s Usonian period, the home is made with affordability in mind. It was originally located near the Willamette river, but has since been relocated 21 miles south. (Literally, the house was disassembled and moved on a massive truck to its current location and re-assembled).

Perhaps the most interesting design element you can see in the Gordon house is the horizontal lines that are carried out throughout the entire house. Wood boards become bricks then become some other horizontal element. Very cool.

Another interesting element are the plywood panels that sandwich glass. Above you can see the effect on the exterior, and below the effect on the interior.

They say the Gordon House contains the best kitchen Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed. It is the small double volume room with a skylight and is kinda awkward. I like it.

Gordon House Kitchen

One strange detail of the building is the extremely low ceiling height in certain places. Upon entering, the ceiling is at approximately 6’7″ above the finish floor. That leaves 4″ between the top of my head and the ceiling. VERY CLAUSTROPHOBIC. However, this creates the feeling of compression and release once you enter the double volume living room. Below you can see the second level corridor that connects the bedrooms.

Gordon House Bedroom Corridor

I liked the Gordon House. It reminded me a lot of my grandparents house, though I think that likely had to do with the building’s age. It seems as though, at the time, Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs were both cutting edge and visionary. Now it seems as though most of the “impressive” architectural elements included in this project are things that are considered standard for home design (double volume spaces, large living room, connection with nature, etc.). It still was an awesome opportunity to finally see a project by the Great American Architect in person and I recommend a visit to anyone living in or near Oregon.

And now, the money shot:

Gordon House Money Shot

With that, my desktop is clean. Now back to studio…

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Studio Field Trip: Mount Angel Library

Two down, two to go! Lets keep rolling!

Mt Angel Intro

The Mount Angel Abbey Library is one of five american works by the architect Alvar Aalto. Like most projects we study in architecture school, it is amazing. The library’s main attraction is the curved day-lighting feature that allows gentle light into the entire space. Though this portion of the project is the most prominent, I’m going to limit myself to three photos:

mt angel library 1

Mt Angel Library atrium 2

Mt Angel Library atrium 3

And one detail photo:

Mt Angel Library Detail

But there is beauty everywhere in this project, and shines in the attention to detail.


The exterior of the building is extremely underwhelming, but I documented it regardless.


I think the most interesting part of the Mount Angel Library is the experience of the space. We study plans and sections and photos of this project in school, but the quality of space is never really translated until you experience it first hand.

Way to go Alvar Aalto. You make sense to me now.

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Studio Field Trip: Timberline Lodge

I hate that these photos are cluttering my desktop. GO! BE FREE! POLLUTE THE INTERNET!

Intro to Timberline

After visiting Portland, the entire studio went up to the Timberline Lodge to stay the night. Apparently the exterior shots of the film The Shining were captured here. Needless to say, this lodge attached to the side of Mt. Hood is extremely charming with its massive timber beams, stone walls, and nature-themed decorative elements.

timberline lodge lobby

At every possible moment, beautifully intricate ornamental details are added (sometimes in the form of smiley faces…)

Timber Detail

timberline lodge art

While the interiors are charming and lovely, with an exterior to match…

Timberline Lodge detail

…the real treasure is the mountain setting.

Timberline Lodge in the mountains

It makes a Colorado man yearn for home.

Mt Hood

While watching the sunrise, I was astonished at the rainbow of colors the sky became in the span of a single hour.

View from Timberline Lodge

Isn’t it charming? The way the fog settles between the peaks? In person, it is almost like a watercolor painting.

mountain view

It is good to know that such natural beauty is only a few hours away.

Now, whenever I am homesick, I’ll just head north and turn up the John Denver tunes. 

Lets keep up the tempo and get this desktop clean! More trip photos soon.

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Studio Field Trip: Portland

Midterms have just finished and I am still alive. So I have a ton of stuff sitting on my desktop, waiting to be shared. Let the sharing begin:

DISCLAIMER: As usual, I was mostly lost and following the group. So I don’t know names or locations for any of the projects or photos I took. (HAHA! How am I still alive?)

Last weekend my entire studio went on a field trip first stopping in Portland. This studio’s main project is a LIVE+WORK project, so we made a point to visit several housing projects.

Studio Field Trip Portland

From the roof terrace of a project called “The Janey” we could see all the way to the river and had a unique view of the construction site for the addition to this rather lovely project.


Breaking for lunch, the entire studio somehow found its way to Voodoo doughnuts… (How?)


I, on the other hand, made a point to go to Powell’s Books again and may or may not have accidentally bought a book (Sorry mom…). After, we stopped by an old factory that had been converted into a few restaurants and offices (I think…).

Factory retrofit

Just before getting on the bus, we stopped by a park that featured a sculptural wall made from the rails that had made up a railroad track that had formerly run through the area. Pretty cool, no?

railroad wall

Portland was fun, as always, but was just the first stop on a really awesome trip. More to come soon!

If I can remember anything about any of the photos I took…

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