23 March 2010

judas goat, vancouver

we have been looking forward to going to judas goat ever since we heard random whisperings about the place. Love the fact the art work by Robert Chaplin reads as good as it looks! hope the food/ atmosphere will equally live up to those great bars/ cafe's in barcelona.

apartments in toronto.

wish this housing development by Teeple Architects, was in Vancouver, we are on the lookout for an apartment block that inspires us enough to contemplate a mortgage.

suspended patio

Love this idea of a suspended patio at Atelier Bisque Doll, Osaka, Japan by UID Architects, would be great to integrate something like this into a garden as part of the building framework.

Atelier Bisque Doll

17 March 2010

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig/ Happy Saint Patrick's Day

A less traditional poem for St. Patricks Day, but one that reminds me where I am from. A poem about Harland and Wolff in Belfast, that built the Titanic, and two of my favourite 'Irish' songs by two of my favourite Irish performers.

Once there was a community here: steeped in tradition as old as the sea.
Now wild grass blooms in perpetuity, growing through the pavements of yesteryear.
The spars of schooners speared the sky, Dockers worked amongst crates and bags,
Sailors searched for willing half-door hags, Beer and flesh were always easy to buy.

Aproned jarvies carted the gentry from drinking dens to Music Halls.
Carriages swept them to stately balls, Poor folk starved a plenty.
The crack of rivet-guns filled the air as cloth capped men on shipyard slips
transformed raw steel to majestic ships. The doomed Titanic germinated there.

Holy war would occasionally flare when neighbours killed for religious belief,
then nursed each other through times of grief, Church pews full and cupboards bare.
Cheeked by jowl, in stifled space, bombed by Hitler, they remained unbowed.
Honestly poor and stubbornly proud. Hope and optimism filled each face.

The lassies walked with the allied forces; fighting men with honeyed tongues
kissed girls with flax or tobacco lungs. Mills and factories were the deadly sources.
Once there was a community there: a teeming humanity came and went.
Death could be brutal but heaven sent when the burden came to much to bear.

Now commuter trains speed above my head, Hovercrafts fly with passengers and freight.
Only the vermin and birds procreate... in a district that's virtually people dead.
My roots and beginnings are in this place.
All that I am, or ever hope to be was fashioned on ground once home to me:
It's premature death a bureaucratic disgrace.

Keep its memory alive in the salt of each tear. Remember each baby, each bridegroom, each bride.
Exalt their existence with reverence and pride.
Never forget: once there was a community here.

by John Campbell.

16 March 2010


great video

complex topographies and data flows II

never ones to disappoint EMBT's Spanish pavilion in Shanghai
looks likes like its going to be incredible

complex topographies and data flows

Ferry Terminal exterior

some current preoccupations Foreign Office Architects are always on our radar they have a cunning knack of manipulating a simple singular device in order to perform multiple services. we like very much.

13 March 2010


ace palm springs02

predicting a comeback to all things knitted, folksy and bobbly
this is in the lobby of the ace hotel and swim club in palm springs
very bohemian

11 March 2010

asymbol gallery

travis rice throws down his new project, the asymbol gallery.
amazing artwork and photography, beautiful images with a percentage
of profit going to deserving causes. the man can do no wrong.
can i have that painting of craig kelly please ?

rendering for west 1st penthouse

Finished this lovely rendering for our west 1st penthouse project last night.

09 March 2010

alexander mcqueen

It must have been spectacular, breathtaking and incredibly sad to have seen Alexander McQueen's last ever collection in Paris today.  A true GREAT!  

planter worx

some very cool looking planters, lets hope we can find
an opportunity to use them

08 March 2010

concrete table

great concrete interior/ exterior table in this house in the Cyclades
designed by french practice mX architecture

02 March 2010

rennie gallery published!

The Rennie Gallery was published in this month's (march) Azure. Very pleased the main picture was of the roof deck and off course the martin creed work. The main picture is credited to Alison Magill, Landscape Designer, thanks to the client I got properly credited which is always hard when you are in the mix with other design firms. Considered Design wasnt mentioned so a big thank you to JULIAN, this project was as much him as it was me. Also big thank you to Jon Losee who fully accepted my design on the roof and also helped steer the project ahead.

Please visit our flickr site where you can find more pictures of the roof garden including two very important pieces of art work that Azure Magazine have missed out. The Dan Graham Pavilion and 'The striding man' by Thomas Houseago.

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