As part of the development of the design for the Art Studio building at the Cloud Horse Art Institute in South Dakota, I am doing studies on various materials for the exterior surface of the building.
This video documents the tests I did using a small propane torch to burn the surface cedar wood and is based on a Japanese Technique called Yaki Sugi. Cedar is both a prized wood for the Lakota and the Japanese. Once the surface has been treated the wood requires no stains, sealers or other chemical treatments and is naturally resistant to insects.
Okazonte is a Lakota word that means patterns.
Thanks goes out to Ryan Lee, my workshop assistant.
Shortlink for this page – http://m-o.mobi/zmbhu
If I ever get another moment’s notice, I’d admire the color of your eyes
A project from several years back, but an album that continues to inspire me.
Even the daytime becomes a part of the dreamscape when you attain that state where you’re nothing but an eyeball in tune with cloud and light, a being of pure sensation.
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
By Scott M B Gustafson
“Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about event, action, and what happens in space.”
The work of MAISON ORION was featured recently on the Apolis website with a Journal entry regarding their flaship store in Los Angeles, the Apolis: Common Gallery. One of the goals of this website is to document and share the design process I utilize to bring a project from concept to concrete reality. Multiple modes of inquiry are explored with analog and digital tools: sketches, photographs, physical models, BIM, and sometimes poetry. I don’t like to be limited by any one tool or overly influenced by it either; this polyvalent working method avoids the pitfalls of a singular approach.
Bernard Tschumi’s quote reminds us that the object of design is not design itself, but creating places for people to live, work, create, dream and share. This project is an office and retail store for the Apolis brand, but it is also a gathering place for the unique community of social activists and advocates that regularly meeting during the keynote events held there. The space becomes an incubator where passionate thinkers exchange creative solutions to some of the toughest problems the world is facing, and make new friends in the process.
Brothers pursue dreams
Weaving lines across time zones
Action brings results