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Anna’s Pick of the Week

1 Mar

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This weeks pick comes from Anna, one of EDG’s newer designers who is typically inspired by the world around her. This week Anna was feeling inspired by the return of spring and bringing the outdoors in, this being said Anna chose “The Lake House” by Mark Dziewulski Architects.
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The lake house is 8,694 square feet of concrete, steel and glass. It took four years to complete this stunning residence and the architects designed the five stories in such a manner that the light-flooded interior spaces get the best views from the nearby Lake Tahoe. The Lake house also features four bedrooms, four baths, on a half acre property including a private pier. Stand out elements in this home would be a glass elevator and stairwell. While this was a four year build with a heavy financial commitment once the Lake House was built the inspiration comes free.
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Anna chose the lake house based on its unusual and dynamic elements. Anna particularly liked how the home is completely modern but by using walls of glass the homeowner is living in nature as well. In addition, Anna felt this home is the perfect balance of design and simplicity. Finally, nature provides an ever changing color scheme that the homeowner should look forward to what each season brings.

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Anna’s Pick of the Week

10 Jan

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Anna is one of Environmental Design Group’s newer editions and has decided to reflect upon the past for her pick of the week. Anna has chosen Antoni Gaudi a Spanish Architect and known figurehead of Catalan Modernista movement.

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Gaudi studied to become an architect in spain and after graduation began architectural work in the victorian vein of his predecessors but when Gaudi began developing his own style is when the true artist emerged. Gaudi studied organic and anarchic shapes in nature to give better expression in architecture. Having spent time studying geometry when Gaudi was younger, and having read engineering articles Gaudi was also influenced by the catenary curve. This element was previously only used in suspension bridges but added a level of strength to Gaudi’s designs. Gaudi also dabbled in Interior and furniture Design, only designing interiors for his buildings. Gaudi’s interiors were known for the their meticulous detail. Gaudi also used an early form of ergometry. Some of Gaudi’s most famous works include Casa Vicens, El Capricho, Guell Pavillions, Palau Guell, Casa Calvert, Finca Miralles, Casa Batllo, just to name a few.

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Anna chose Antoni Gaudi as her pick of the week for a number of different reasons. First and foremost because his buildings are completely out of the ordinary and stick out in a city scape. Anna would visit Gaudi’s architecture in person one day. In addition, Gaudi’s architecture has stood the test of time, remaining relevant for centuries to come.