Feature: Millennial Magazine

Thank you @millennialmagazine ! Such a great write up. Check it out www.millennialmagazine.comWhat an honor and an unbelievably exceptional feature.  Have a read, or here are some highlights:

Reflecting on his experience, Mr. Kamienowicz adds, “We enjoyed working with Dan. It was a great experience. He anticipated what would work for us, and it seemed that everything he did is really working out well, which I think is amazing. That is really a talent or a genius.”

Precision seems to exude from Dan’s work, giving his modernism a sense of belonging. “A good modern home is about the user, the user experience, and if you plan it correctly, you take the person from morning to night in a very nice pattern.” He starts with the lighting of the house and considers what the light looks like when waking up all the way until leaving the house. “I calculate all of that when I’m building a house…modern design is thinking about the human first.”

Describing the work environment Dan sets for his employees, Aras Burak, says “He is probably the most relaxed architect. He really cares about the client. That’s unusual.” Having only worked for Dan for about a year, Burak continues, “He listens and asks my opinion all the time and he actually values it. That doesn’t really happen in other offices. It’s a pleasant place to work.”

Unlike most architects, Dan brings a sense of humility to his work that leaves his clients feeling safe and secure. Mrs. Kamienowicz adds, “I really trusted him with his ability and the plans. He created a fabulous lifestyle.” It is that attentiveness and creativity that makes Dan Brunn a master of architecture.

Architectural Ideas

The root of good architecture is a strong idea statement.  After establishing the idea, the rest can follow, much like a thesis statement builds a strong essay.  Recently, I was reading ArchDaily and ran across a rendering that really struck me.  It’s for a new cultural center designed by Bernard Tschumi.  What caught my eye was the similarity to a proposal I worked on almost a decade ago.  So I delved deeper and ran across this statement:

Moreover, an articulate system of ramps permits movement, creating perspectives at varying heights each of which illustrates new ways in which the space may be understood. Adjacent to the main hall, connected by a multiplicity of pathways, are a series of laboratories, offices, the café and ancillary spaces which make up the rest of the building.

Now, at this point it really made more sense, as this was the gist of the thesis statement for my project!   The form (and the rendering) are rooted in the same idea as my Infinite Museum.  Interestingly, they look completely different on the exterior.

It’s great to be in such great company.  Have a look at the following images by Bernard Tschumi Architects:


Sketch. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects


Main Cortile. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects

Versus our Infinite Museum:

“Starting with the notion of the continuos spiraling form, using three exhibit spaces flanked by circulation corridors a study of a system emerged. Rotating the central exhibit space alleviates the circulation ramps by extending the run. Then each of these plates are either rotated, mirrored or stretched to fit atop the previous generating plate.”