The Spoon, The Fork and the Clergymen: A Tale of Subsidies

The last week of my life has been one of those architectural whirlwinds consisting of very little sleep, little to no communication with the outside world, and last minute decision making and prioritizing. I had a studio review on Friday, and a model due on Sunday for the architect(s) that I work for.

It has been equal parts stress and euphoria. I can't explain how much I love what I do. If I get in to a project it becomes an obsession. It is all I care or think about. That explains it. Here are some images:

This is the site for the project. It's near Santa Clarita, and it's called Vasquez Rocks. If you recognize it, it's because of its proximity to Hollywood and has been used in numerous films, TV shows, commercials usually as another planet (think a million Star Trek episodes) or some sort of desert/mountain landscape. The first time I was there I saw Moses comming down form the mountain. I had a moment in which I questioned my atheism, but then I noticed the film crew and all was good in my mind again. Then I saw a female bobybuilder drinking some sort of frothy malt for another film crew. I assume this is for an infomercial, but I am not sure what Moses (not Charlton Heston) was doing, maybe an infomercial too. Anyway this is the site on which we are to design a L.A.N.D. Museum. (I am totally blanking on what L.A.N.D. stands for... Los Angeles something something something something.)

These are a couple of images of topographic study models I built. I built a few out of cardboard, but it was hard to capture the scale of the rocks, because our actual flat(ish) building site os a few hundred yards away from the peak of the Famous Rock (actual name) and working at such a small scale didn't do the site any justice. This took me about 13 hours.

Initial design. The parti reamined virtually the same throughout the design development, but the shell and placement of the building went through several changes, as did the program.

Plans that are hard to read at this scale.

Axonometric section through all levels and Long Section through building.

Various shots of the model. This took a long fucking time. And a lot of fucking 3/16"x3/16" Basswood sticks.

And then this is the residence I am working on for the architect(s). I won't mention their names because I don't know why, but they are both Record House winners and if you have ever studied R.M. Schindler, you have read one of them.