Architecture

Clear Skies and Crystals at our La Donna Avenue Residence

Sep 13, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Demolition has progressed at our La Donna Avenue Residence!

The contractor, Chris Brooks of CB Builders, has artfully chosen to leave the chandeliers intact - which makes for a glamorous contrast to the destruction happening around them. 

This two-story structure will go through a dramatic transformation to become a multi-generational home for a growing family. We're very excited to break ground!

Gilbert Avenue Residence :: inside and out

Sep 12, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Here are some photos we took of the Gilbert Avenue Residence, shortly after completion and shortly before move-in. 

This home was originally a two-bedroom, one-bath, one-story home. The owners wanted to expand and make it more family-friendly, but the corner lot location meant that we didn't have a lot of buildable area on first floor. We carefully "inserted" a two-story volume into the middle of the one-story footprint, with a central stairway and skylight to help provide more natural light in the center of the plan. The final result a is a brighter, more spacious home that any family can enjoy.

 

The front living room window frames the magnificent magnolia tree in front.

 

The central stairway acts as a room divider between the living room and kitchen. This slice through the house also brings in an abundance of natural light via the skylight and clerestory windows above.

 

These penny round tiles provide a playful accent to the kids' bathroom, and also echos the color of the front door.

 

While the white and black exterior color scheme evokes a modern farmhouse feel, the turquoise blue front door adds a personal, cheery touch. The staggered volumes and wide roof overhangs soften the overall massing.

Photos by our talented Sucharitha Yelimeli.

Salesforce Transit Center

Aug 12, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

This looks like a rendering but it’s not - it’s a photo from today, opening day at the San Francisco transbay terminal (AKA Salesforce Transit Center). The cityscape becomes a backdrop to this pocket of elevated nature.

Amarillo Avenue Residence, Deconstructed

Jul 27, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Construction on our Amarillo Avenue Residence has begun! The first step is to remove the existing home, so we can have an empty plot on which to build the brand new design. We are so excited that the homeowners chose the route of "deconstructing" the home, which meant that a specialized deconstruction crew would carefully remove each material for potential recycling or reuse. It is by far the most earth-friendly way to demolish a home, and as an added bonus, we get amazing skeletal views of the home in the process. More to come on this project!

Gilbert Avenue Residence photo shoot

Jul 16, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Impromptu photo shoot at our just-completed Gilbert Avenue Residence. A lovely day for the lovely house, where the wide roof overhangs provide some good summer shade. This was our second time working with one of our favorite clients, and it was an absolute dream. 

Complex angles, simple pursuit

Jun 21, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our Gilbert Avenue Residence it nearing completion, and it's feeling really nice inside. The stair slices through the middle of the home, allowing for the skylights and clerestory windows to illuminate all levels. 

Cliff May understood the essence of California living.

Apr 30, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

From the book "Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House", written by Dan Gregory and beautifully photographed by our beloved photograher Joe Fletcher.

Position Available: Junior Designer

Apr 24, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are looking for a full-time, junior level designer. The ideal candidate is able to work on multiple projects with a team, ready to be an integral part of every phase of design and construction, and is willing to learn and grow into a more senior role within the firm. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Architecture
  • 0-3 years experience in a design firm, preferably in residential design
  • Ability to multi-task, work collaboratively, and have exceptional attention to detail
  • Open and thoughtful communication and writing skills
  • Have a positive and creative approach to design, work, and life
  • Proficiency with CAD programs (ArchiCAD experience a plus), as well as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • LEED AP is a plus, but not required
  • We value passion and expertise in any discipline; we believe it enriches the design process and our office culture. Show us what you've got!

Details

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes health insurance, paid time off, and retirement savings. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a full time, on-site position. Employment is contingent on a candidates' ability to legally work in the US without employer sponsorship.

Please email cover letter, resume, references, and portfolio with "Designer" in the subject line to info_at_ogawafisher.com. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

The forecast is always sunny with this kitchen backsplash

Apr 18, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

We're finishing up construction at the Santa Barbara Road Residence, and the bright Fireclay tile backsplash is stealing the show. We can't wait to see more of it go up in the next few days.

Amarillo Avenue Residence gets planning approval

Apr 12, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Amarillo Avenue Residence has just received planning department approval! This is a new, two-story home for a young couple relocating from Seattle to Palo Alto.

This planning approval means we can now apply for our building permit - the next big step towards starting construction. We are very excited to see this home take shape!

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