There is architecture, and then there is creative architecture. Most architectural projects begin with a precedent, a design rooted in a defined architectural style. For us, it is often the Mountain and Arts and Crafts styles. While most architectural projects are based on some architectural style or movement, innovative and creative projects stem from the open minds of homeowners teaming with inventive architects. I have selected five recent projects from various architects that ignite my creativity.
(Written by Jesse Hart, a creative University of Idaho Architecture student who interned with us)
Dancing House, designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, is located in Prague, Czech Republic. This project bends perspective and distorts the view of the built world; buildings like this reform what we think is possible. It was originally named Fred and Ginger, to emulate the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers (Fred’s on the right).
Built by the British luxury tree-house design-build firm Blue Forest, this project looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie. The shape is inspired by a tree, but is like nothing else I have seen. It definitely begs a second look.
Designed and built by Pete Nelson, TreeHouse Point Bed and Breakfast near Seattle, with includes several tree-houses, sparks my childhood creativity. Tree-house dreams don’t end with childhood, but continue into adulthood. This project is a prime example of this.
This old mid-1900’s garage in Vashon, Washington was repurposed by Graypants. While not as surreal as the previous projects, it is creative in a different way. Being able to rethink the old, and to bring the dead back to life, requires a creative mind.
Above it the multi-purpose tower L’Arbre Blanc (White Tree) in Montpellier, France, was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, NLA, and OXO Architects. Inspired by the functionality of a tree, the balconies create shade and absorb sunlight. It is appreciable to look to nature for functional design inspiration; being able to do this requires a creative, problem-solving mind.
These projects show me how far a little creativity can go. I am thankful for ingenuity in the design world, for architecture being pushed in a direction it has never been; for fresh ideas and new perspectives. Where does your creativity take you?
Jesse Hart – Hendricks Architecture
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