The architect begins their commute home after a grueling 10 hour day in the office.
On the way home, the architect is beaming about the architectural challenge of that day.
The architect had been planning a new art museum that adjoined an existing historic warehouse. The architect had thoughtfully transformed the warehouse into the lobby and atrium for the new museum. The architect had also found a sensitive way to lightly attach the new building to the old. The architect had articulated this junction with a recessed slot of glass. The architect likes the word articulate.
The architect had only one problem. The architect was still short 4,000 square feet of gallery space. The architect began to dwell on this design conundrum.
To add to the architect’s frustration, their focus drifted towards the suburban strip malls lining the street. The architect thought, “who the hell designs this shit!”
Upon arrival to the homestead, the architect looks at their abode and thinks, “the proportions of this façade are just too squat.” The architect hates squatty proportions.
As the architect has dinner with their family, the architect stares at the ceiling thinking, “where will I find the extra 4,000 square feet of gallery space.”
Later that night the architect lets the family dog, Bjarke out for one last time. Bjarke is named after the architect’s favorite architect of course.
The architect lies in bed that night again finding themselves again staring at the ceiling. “How will I fit the extra gallery space?” the architect ponders.
By this time, the museum had pervaded the architect’s subconscious. The architect dreams about the museum that night.
In the dream the architect visualizes the museum with new an old juxtaposed together. The architect likes the word: juxtapose.
During the dream, the architect sees the answer. The architect sees a glass prism cantilevered over the existing historic building. The shimmering glass prism would float above the old warehouse heightening the clash of old and new. This prism would gain the architect the extra 4,000 square feet of gallery space.
The architect awakens abruptly. “I have solved the problem! And I have done it in such an elegant way. Bjarke will be so proud” the architect thinks. The architect likes the word: elegant.
Architects do it all night long.
This is #Architalks!
This little ditty is part of the #Architalks series organized by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect. Every month a motley crew of archi-bloggers gather to write about the same topic. This months the topic was Moonlighting provided by Michael Riscica of YoungArchitect.com. I went a different route with my post. To read posts from the other #Architalks crew check out the links below:
Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
The Ironic Blasphemy of Moonlighting and what Architects are Missing Out On
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
moonlighting more than an 80s sitcom
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Moon(lighting) changes with the seasons
Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
hustle and grind: #architalks
Michael Riscica AIA - Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Moonlighting for Young Architects
Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Is Moonlighting Worth It? Probably Not, But We All Try.
Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Dancing in the Moonlight
Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Moonlighting: or Why I Kept My Dayjob.
Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Architalks 28 Moonlighting
Ilaria Marani - Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)
There is no moolighting. It's a jungle!
Jane Vorbrodt - Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)