Architecture, Will You be Mine? / by Tim Barber

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this amorous holiday, we decided to send out a love letter to the architects and buildings we admire most. Several of our teammates share their most beloved and inspiring architecture:

I Heart the Eames House - Cori Wodjak, Design Associate

Photograph by John Morse. Courtesy of  Wikipedia .

Photograph by John Morse. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

“I am choosing the Eames House (also known as Case Study House No. 8). I love the mid-century modern design that is so classic to the Los Angeles area, the play on shadow and light, the juxtaposition of materials, and the successful blend of architecture and site. The Eames House was well thought out, researched, and constructed, making it a prominent piece of architecture in our backyard.”

To the Senedd with Love - Laura Haymond, Project Manager

Photograph courtesy of  Wikipedia .

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

“One of my favorite buildings is the Senedd by Richard Rodgers (one of my favorite architects) and engineered by ARUP (these guys are coolest)

“The Senedd is the National Assembly for Wales and was designed to express an open and transparent democracy as self-government was returned to Wales for the first time in centuries. Built in 2005, it is an excellent example of sustainability strategies integrated into the fabric of the building. The main lobby is completely naturally ventilated, the large fluctuating roof shades the glass façade and is also used to harvest rainwater and finishes were designed to last 120 years!”

You & Me, Salk Institute – Leonardo D’Anconia, Senior Project Manager

Photograph courtesy of the   Carol M. Highsmith Archive    collection at the    Library of Congress

Photograph courtesy of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive collection at the Library of Congress

“The Salk Institute by Louis Kahn is my favorite, because it shows that even within the functional constraints of an environment as cold and sterile as a laboratory, architecture can still create spaces that are timeless, connected to nature and deeply poetic.”

Union Station, UR Mine – Carolina Allen, Project Manager

Photographs by John O'neill. Courtesy of  Wikipedia .

Photographs by John O'neill. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

“I love Union Station in Downtown LA. The Spanish – Moderne building is a beautiful gateway into and out of our city. I especially love it, because it’s where Jarod and I chose to get married, inspired by our love of travel and architecture.”

To Julia with Love - Patrick Tennant, Designer

Left: Photograph by  King of Hearts . Right: Photograph by  Jim G.

Left: Photograph by King of Hearts. Right: Photograph by Jim G.

“I love Julia Morgan, a revolutionary female architect who kept historic architecture alive in the very young state of California. Her architecture and interiors brought new life to forgotten and vernacular styles while at the same time brought whimsy to her structures.”

Be Mine, Eastern Columbia Building – Dani Vinokurov, Marketing & Design Associate

Photographs courtesy of  Wikipedia .

Photographs courtesy of Wikipedia.

“I find the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles absolutely captivating. With its brilliant turquoise façade and endless Art Deco details, I see something new every time I look this building. She’s a true grand dame of downtown.”

XOXO Castle Green – Mary Kate Spach, V.P. of Development

"Pasadena’s Castle Green is one of my favorite examples of late Victorian architecture. Built in 1898, this hotel-turned-apartments calls to mind the grand 19th century apartment buildings of the Upper West Side in my hometown of NYC. Gazing through floor-to-ceiling windows with their original bowed glass in one of the graceful, grand parlors of an upper apartment, I can take in the view of Pasadena’s Central Park or the rooftops of Old Town. The ornate moldings, detailed ironwork staircases, and mosaic tile floors speak to the unparalleled craftsmanship of a bygone era. Whenever I pass the Castle Green, I am thankful for the essential contribution the preservation movement has made on the cities I love."