The great 19th century poet Goethe once compared Architecture and Music, with the following (translated) quote, “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.” I’ve long been fascinated by the relationship between my two favorite art forms. Since this is an architecture blog, it’s no surprise that I’m passionate about our built environment. You may not know however that I’m also an accomplished amateur piano player, starting lessons when I was only 7 years old. There’s a funny story about how I got my first piano that I’ll share sometime if you want to hear it.
On the surface architecture and music seem so different: one is useful, lasting and solid, the other is fanciful, ephemeral and Continue reading →
After many years of careful planning and hard work, the Hillside House has taken its place as one of the most seismically advanced houses in the country. In previous posts, I related the background and process of design. We’ve finally reached the most exciting part of the story – construction!
The first step of the installation happened “below the surface”. To transfer the loads from the steel frames to the foundation, the Structural Engineer devised a specialized steel column/baseplate to be cast into the concrete. Each post was integrated into the steel reinforcing of the basement concrete wall allowing only a ¼” tolerance from perfect placement – and there were 21 of columns to install. Fortunately, the Contractor was up to the job and handled it beautifully!
As architects, we’re trained to design buildings. What we learn in the course of practicing architecture is that there are a tremendous number of issues, components and processes that contribute to the making of a building and place. It’s often easy to focus on either the design or the execution of a construction project, but it’s the experiences we encounter during the whole process that offer illuminating insights about best practices.
With over 20 years in practice, 2M Architecture has helped hundreds of homeowners renovate, expand and transform their homes. Some have even completely replaced homes with new buildings. The experiences and observations gleaned over time are the genesis of this series of articles. As a partnership of two principals, the stories of 2M Architecture will reflect the varied strengths and interests of both Marc Lindsell and Mark Tetrault.