Forms, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, abound on the Burnside Bridgehead Block 67 by Skylab/LRS Architects (left) and The Fair-Haired Dumbbell (FFA Architecture and Interiors and Guerrilla Development) rise on the Burnside Bridgehead. The land was purchased by the Portland Development Commission in the early 2000’s, then sold in parcels. The exterior skin of the FHD will […]
Portland Growth = New Buildings, New Views What a difference a few months makes in Portland, and in fact many cities. I was getting used to the speed at which construction happened in Seattle and Los Angeles, and seeing it even more locally, all this Portland growth, is bracing. Portland growth, the increasing construction and […]
Architectural photography in Oregon: The structure rises, and the glass skin begins its journey to complete the exterior. TMT Development’s Park Avenue West apartment tower in Southwest Portland moves into the sky.
The namesake and inspiration of Don Henley’s Sunset Grill. The first few times I heard this song, when I was in junior high, it struck me as mysterious, a slow ride into a future sunset of some kind. When I hear it now, it’s even more sublime, magnetic and massive in its tense, structured angst. […]
The Young Research Library at UCLA (it used to be called the University Research Library), by A. Quincy Jones, Architect. I spent many, many hours here back in the day, and still love the place. With a now renovated first floor, the upper floors still evoke the pleasant hours spent studying architecture, photography, and random other […]
The site of the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Now the Sunset Gordon Tower, it’s an interesting example of how some developers are keeping a visual representation of the historical site. In this case, the actual facade was destroyed then reconstituted.
The A.E. Larson building in Yakima, Washington. Built by businessman Alfred Larson in 1931 by architect John Maloney, this great example of the Art Deco style stands 188 feet tall to the flagpole top.
The use of the shingle in architecture caught my attention when I was in 6th or 8th grade, when the neighbors down the street in my hometown added a second store to their house, and chose shingles as the siding, only for that second story. It looked so odd, out of place, in that suburban […]