Our Favorite Things Vol. 20

As the New Year approaches, Our Favorite Things Vol. 20 is having a rubberneck moment. Normally we look outward at what the world has to offer in cool architectural products, materials, and smartly designed projects. But what about us?!! Over here!!! We have something to show you: Five reasons why people light up when they walk into our Studio for the first time.
Musings on Modern(ism)

Musings on Modern(ism)

I've taken both the high road and the low road in these musings on modernism. For a bit of humor, watch this 5-minute video that is my somewhat tongue-in-cheek late night rant at the Month of Modern Wrap Party. Depending on your political orientation, it’ll give you a chuckle. On a more serious note, I have done quite a bit of thinking recently about what modernism is and isn’t and it comes down to this:
The Elegance of Just Enough

The Elegance of Just Enough

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One of our all-time favorite clients and homes hit the spotlight in Denver Life Home+Design magazine's feature: Homes with Character. Matt Cotham is a young emergency room physician (above, fully enjoying his relaxing retreat) who told us "I can't imagine building another house, because mine is perfect."
The Seasoning of an Architect

The Seasoning of an Architect

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Like most prospective architects, Rich and Nick’s careers began with the pursuit of an educational degree. Between the two of them, there are two Bachelor of Architecture degrees, a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and a Master of Architecture. With all that schooling, you’d think they would be architects right out of the gate.
Choose Love, Not Fear

Choose Love, Not Fear

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Maybe it should be considered one of those bucket list experiences. However it is categorized, I was definitely honored to give the commencement address for the University of Colorado’s College of Environmental Design at the historic Macky Auditorium recently.
In the Blink of an Eye: The Accessibility Demon Rises

In the Blink of an Eye: The Accessibility Demon Rises

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By Sam Nishek It happened so fast. Only two blocks…
Watershed Revival: A Heartwarming Flood Story

Watershed Revival: A Heartwarming Flood Story

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Clients Ben and Shannon share their story of loss "After the Big One," and how they gained it back, in the cover story of Boulder County Home & Garden magazine.
Our Favorite Things Vol 19

Our Favorite Things Vol. 19

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Vintage Edison Bulb: The Buster / London’s design label Buster + Punch declares they have created the world’s first designer LED bulb. With the energy efficiency of today, the Buster Bulb lets your nostalgic flair flourish. The resin light pipe at the center of the bulb is where all the magic happens.

PODCAST: Architecture for Human Beings

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Keith Struthers and David Barrett talk organic architecture, the Hippie days, Buddhist sensibilities, and take a stab at defining deep listening. NaturalsCool is South Africa's up-and-coming producer of podcasts featuring innovative designers from around the world. In this 30 minute podcast you'll hear two like-minded architects groove on the essence of their creative practice.
Balinese Heaven

Balinese Heaven

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Do you hold images of heaven...those descriptions and utopian paintings fed to us in Catholic school and museums? I reflect on these while sitting in the morning light within our garden in Bali.
Sustainable Home

The Creative Journey to a Smart, Sustainable Home

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Last month we highlighted Michael and Nancy Linsley’s indoor greenhouse in our blog. Now you can see their artful home – site, landscape and all – featured in Boulder County Home & Garden magazine.
2015 Home of the Year

2015 Home of the Year: Perfect Alchemy

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What’s more exciting than designing an expansive organic home for an artist and a cowboy? Winning 2015 Home of the Year! Thank you Colorado Homes & Lifestyles for honoring the entire design team with this extraordinary award.
Zoomerhouse Liftoff

Zoomerhouse Liftoff

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As architects we are usually in a relationship with our clients from the get go to make their dreams come true. Seldom do we design, build the dream, and then hope that the dream attracts the dreamer.
Winter Tomatoes: Growing Green Indoors

Winter Tomatoes: Growing Green Indoors

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In the beginning we knew that working on a new residence for ceramic artists Michael and Nancy Linsley was going to be a creative adventure. They emphasized that to truly support and express who they were, the home would incorporate growing way beyond the regular houseplant. To be clear, we’re talking about year-round indoor growing of veggies, herbs and lemons!
Boulder Foothills Home Wins AIA Colorado Architects Choice Award

Boulder Foothills Home Wins AIA Colorado Architects Choice Award

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Last week, AIA Colorado honored Phoenix Home in Boulder, CO with their 2014 Architects Choice Award. We’ve touched on the unique story about this home before: a client’s dream retreat rising from the ashes of the 2010 wildfires.