| Napkin Sketch of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Image courtesy of Frank Gehry / LA Philharmonic
In a world where everything is high-tech, digital and automated, it is difficult to imagine where the art of hand drawing is still valuable in the architecture profession. While flipping through an architecture magazine, we will come across the “napkin” drawing, the inspiration for some starchitect’s latest design, but it is accompanied by full, digital renderings, pristine plans, and staged, finished photos. We also see hand drawings occasionally to promote an upcoming event or a contest - which serve to grab your attention when sorting through the endless monotony of your email inbox. But what value do they really serve, beyond the glitter and the glam? Have they been replaced by digital renderings? Do architects, in fact, still draw by hand?
Located in the southern metro area, Comfort Dental sought to be an inviting and calming dental experience. The space was designed with large windows that allowed soothing, natural light to bathe the patient rooms as well as the employee break room.
This new cosmetic dental facility offers a bright, comfortable atmosphere located in the center of the City of Eagan.
One of the advantages of having a new facility was the chance to develop the exact vision Dr. Stanton wanted for her offices. She wanted a world-class facility to go wither her world-class services.
This client wanted the space to reflect a “hotel Aesthetic” with the colors, materials, and furnishings typically found in high end hotels. Contemporary lighting and decorative wall covering complete the design.
Working along with Dr. Stanton’s graphic designers, the logo was an integral feature of the space.
Every year, December is filled with music. Seasonal music of all sorts – every version of Feliz Navidad imaginable, wintry songs of celebration (and lament – “In the Bleak Midwinter”), and an abundance of sacred carols. Most years, my December weekends are bursting with practices, performances, and just general attendance at multiple choral events in the Twin Cities. I have sung Soprano with both the Valley Chamber Chorale and the Two Rivers Chorale, and both give concerts with a beautiful mix of the secular and sacred works for the holiday season. Take a listen – and be inspired.
Valley Chamber Chorale, as heard on MPR Taste of the Holidays Vol. 6, “I Heard the Bells” – traditional carol adapted and arranged by Bradley Ellingboe
Two Rivers Chorale
“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – traditional carol arranged for 4-hands piano and choir
“Still, Still, Still”
The traditional, rustic charms of New England are evident throughout the offices of Life Smiles in Plymouth, Minnesota.
The design is intentionally warm and cozy, utilizing residential furnishings, a color palette of warm whites and yellows and whitewashed woodwork to reflect the dentist’s feminine point-of-view.
Large windows bathe both the waiting room and treatment areas in warm, natural light, adding to the desired relaxed atmosphere while allowing calming outdoor views for patients and visitors.
The colors, materials and custom millwork reference a Cape Cod aesthetic and were accomplished within strict budgetary guidelines.