Design Review: Utah County Site Visits

Spending time on a construction site is a critically important part of the design process for our office staff. We recently headed south on a beautiful fall afternoon to visit a few current projects under construction in Utah County. Below are a few pictures and observations of these works in progress.

Sixty-Three Center: Framing is complete for the first five floors of this mixed use project in the heart of downtown Provo. Southwest views open up to the LDS temple being renovated on the other side of University Avenue while eastern views look out to Y Mountain.

New Residence: This new home is sited on a former golf course near the mouth of Provo Canyon. The modern, horizontal lines of this home stretch across the landscape, paralleling the mountain range, and capturing beautiful views of Mount Timpanogos from several rooms.

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Esnuck Farm: The barn is closing in on the final stages of construction. The timber frame, cut and erected by Wasatch Timber Post & Beam, displays the craftsmanship of mortise and tenon joinery, with exposed purlins, knee braces and king post truss.

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Afternoon light pouring through the clerestory windows creates an almost church-like effect.

Anna has worked closely on the design of the barn with the owners and Louise Hill for the past year and commented on this photo: “I love this bonus playroom because of the natural light, the variety of textures, and the comforting quality of occupying a low attic space ensconced in a heavy timber frame.”

 

Star Mill: We have recently put together some initial schematic drawings for the owners of this building, consisting of a three-story flour mill and grain silos originally built in 1888. It’s a remarkable historic site that operated as a mill until the 1970s.

The existing interiors are intriguing. After viewing the still intact millworks inside, Anna commented: “Whether it is in milling machinery, music, or architecture, patterns of structure and rhythm are pleasing to the soul. Mimicking the branches of a tree, this lattice of grain chutes serve a functional role as they carry the grain from one machine to another, but they also create a striking filtering of light through the large surrounding windows.”

 

Visiting these four distinct building types in Utah County–an urban housing project, a modern house, an organic farm, and a historic mill building–provided our team a perspective on creating a sense of place, craft in construction, a missed opportunity here and there, and perhaps a direction for other projects for Lloyd Architects in the coming months and years.

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