We are currently studying diagrams at the office - this one of the Middlefield Road Residence is particularly sweet, because it shows the towering Coast Live Oak trees surrounding the property. The gray hatch in the courtyard is the discreet stair addition we added to reach the new second floor. The stair looks like this from the outside:
And from the inside, the second floor feels like a tree house among the oak trees:
The goal with a diagram is to convey the same idea as the experience of that space... It's a challenging but exciting exercise.
We just finished photographing our Middlefield Residence project with Cesar Rubio, one of our favorite photographers.
It was an intense day of shooting, and a very successful one.
We previously worked with Cesar to photograph the Waverley Street Residences. We appreciate his intuition for great shots - he often suggests angles that we never would have imagined on our own.
Special thanks to the homeowners, who provided us full access to their beautiful home. The owners have an impressive art collection, and it was a pleasure to work in such a well-curated space.
We look forward to sharing the final photos with you soon!
Sucharitha is studying windows for one of our projects. Things she's looking at:
- Window location: What or where are we illuminating with natural light?
- Window operation: Does the window want to open, and if so, how? How big or small does the operable window want to be?
- Window proportions: What looks good for the room? What looks good with the overall volume of the house?
And why not be artful with your sketches in the process? Thanks, Sucharitha.
We are so pleased to be selected for Best of houzz 2016! The success of our projects owes a lot to our amazing collaborators, clients, and design team. Thank you!
Check our Houzz profile here!
Our office stationery - complete with new logo! - came to our office today.
Special thanks to Kristin Beadle of Beadle Design, our graphics and branding extraordinaire; and to our Rosanna Jackson, who expertly handled the execution.
As a new member of the Ogawa Fisher team, I’m excited to be taking part in the blog-osphere.
I’m a native of Austin, Texas and a proud University of Texas Longhorn. I received my Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 and shortly after made the cross-country move up to Portland, OR. I’ve since been exploring the endless beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Traveling to places both near and far, experiencing new people, places, and landscapes has become a necessity for my soul. The changing seasons of the region allow for different explorations and activities during different times of the year. From snowboarding the snowy slopes of Mt Hood to biking and backpacking around the Columbia River Gorge, there is always more exploring to do.
My interest in architecture lies with how the built environment affects the people who interact with it. Particularly, with the power of design to improve lives and empower people and the communities they live in. So, I’m excited to be learning from Hiromi and Lynn, as each OFA project is a reflection of the clients' wants and dreams.
We had a wonderful time shooting with our photographer Mariko Reed last week. It was a beautiful day, and we captured several nice shots from two recent projects in the East Bay.
We didn’t have a chance to take a lot of “behind-the-scenes” shots, but managed to get one on the iphone right before we finished for the day – here is a sneak peek!