November 19th, 2013
Reinvention 2013 was an impressive reminder for the team that great Architecture is a direct result of the attitude that drives its process. This was first apparent in the carefully designed details of the homes on tour, later strengthened by the intimate dialogue the panelists engaged in, and finally summed up in a beautiful presentation by Bryan MacKay-Lyons.
The details ranged from minimalist standards like flush door jambs and hidden roll-up shades, to more expressive solutions like the wedge-shaped cutouts for stair lights in the Kentfield Residence. Many of our favorite details were in areas that overall might have seemed insignificant or even superfluous. Yes, there’s no doubt that these were big-budget projects with room for a little extra spending. The important takeaway, however, is that somebody, somewhere, actively considered, designed, and implemented even the smallest details into the project. There was a belief in the merit of this task, and such a culture promoted great design.
Left: Clean concrete steps with an exposed stringer. Right: A pleasantly substantial hinge operates a heavyset door.
Above: A piece of glass with exposed ends is held away from the black rail.
The conference had a great panel group who engaged in a surprisingly candid and refreshing dialogue, notably Seattle Architect George Suyama and San Francisco Architect Craig Steely. They discussed client interactions, expectations and limitations, work-arounds, and memorable stories from their projects. Combined with the inspired presentation by Bryan MacKay-Lyons, a recurring theme emerged from the the discourse: an approach to architectural practice that constantly tests and retests ideas, returning to common themes and building a body of work that stands as a continuum rather than isolated moments.
Reinvention was an exhilarating trip for the team at Lloyd Architects. It was rejuvenating to be around those who not only shared common interests and values, but pursued them vigorously. Both a valuable learning experience and a great time, we’re happy we had the opportunity to attend.
Above: A custom fabricated panel and clip system serves as an exploration in both facade design and materials research.