While working for Frank Gehry, I would hear him say that his best projects were the ones with the most constraints. While it seems a bit counter-intuitive, it can be true that constraints can actually help sculpt good design. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not going to complain about a project with no building envelope, permitting or budget issues. But I, too, believe that wonderful design can come from projects with constraints as well.
For example, I love this project we designed and built as 2 modules in Aspen. The site had more constraints than any other I have worked on: overall maximum width of 28′, low maximum building height, and neighboring homes within feet of the sides of the property. Oh, and did I mention heaps of snow?
Feb 22, 2010 | 2 Comments
In our practice at Michelle Kaufmann Studio, “thoughtful design” means designing to use less, collaborating with the outdoors, using techonology to improve quality while reducing quantity, and designing for longevity, flexibility and a joyful living environment. Homes should be built to human scale, using only what is needed, but remaining open and airy. High ceilings, […]
Oct 29, 2014 | Discuss
(from our Flux MEDIUM post) Over the next three decades, the world population will urbanize at a rapid pace: growing from 3.9 billion today to 6 billion in 2050. Urban planners around the world are seeking fresh ideas on how to meet this sustained surge in demand on their cities. Smart development starts with a […]