I spent the month of December in Egypt with friend and colleague Dina Sarhane of DS Studio. We traveled to Cairo to study their community recreational spaces located throughout the city, called Nadys. While in Cairo we met with the dean and head of the architecture department at The American University in Cairo. During our meeting we had a tour of the campus and were invited to visit the rare book collection to see original drawings of Cairo from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We then visited the architecture library and were shown original drawings by noted Egyptian modernist architects, Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef. Such a treat to see the two different drawing sets and styles. Stay tuned for more posts on our Egyptian adventure..
Photographing Philip Johnson's Glass House (1947-49) in Connecticut has been on my shoot list for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to cross it off while on a road trip from Boston to New York. It was perfect weather to experience the site, minimal house and out buildings. One of my favourite parts of photographing a mid-century modern house is imagining all the interesting conversations and wild parties. The modernists knew how to entertain!
I stopped by my old alma mater, Carleton University, to photograph Chmiel Architects renovation of the lobby at Robertson Hall. The white makes it look so bright and futuristic compared to how I remember it.
Check out Canadian Architect's post about the installation on the University of British Columbia's campus designed and built by School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture. I had the opportunity to work with Joe Dahmen and SALA again to photograph construction and the final design.
I had a couple extra days while I was in San Francisco so I drove up the coast to Sea Ranch. I've wanted to check it out for awhile but timing never seemed to work out. I arrived to a misty humid morning and thought the fog added a beautiful mystical quality to the waterfront site. The sea-weathered modern architecture took on the appearance of a herd of elephants looking over the ocean. As the sun slowly came out I made my way around the infamous grounds designed by architects Al Boeke, Joseph Esherick, Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, Richard Whitaker, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.
I was back in the Armoury District in Vancouver to photograph this project for Haeccity Studio Architecture. A two-storey apartment renovation, with feature stairs that have a continuous perforated metal screen connecting the entrance level to the living spaces above, styled to create a contemporary retro vibe.
These homes in Ottawa designed by Hobin Architecture create a new take on car storage. Designed to have more front yard space and take the focus off of vehicles parked on the street, they share a laneway that leads to individual garages and carports topped with outdoor deck space and layered landscaping. It's an innovative take on keeping neighbourhoods pedestrian friendly.
The Carson is a converted 1970s hotel into apartments in Ottawa. It's located between Sandy Hill and Centretown making it a popular building for young professionals in the tech industry. The design uses colour and art to take you out of any remnants of a dated hotel and provides functional spaces for urban dwellers. Design by CSV Architects and lighting by Flux Lighting.
I had the chance to photograph men's clothing store Isaia's San Francisco location. It's in Frank Lloyd Wright's only project in the city, the V. C. Morris Gift Shop on Maiden Lane built in 1948.
Last summer I photographed the new Calgary Library shortly before it was open to the public. Designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta in collaboration with Dialog Design.