Watch the sequence of steps from demolition to new guardhouse design. It is desirable for the architect to be part of the design-build team. The home owners association and general contractor worked hand and hand with the architect. The team approach results in a higher quality project. Residents were able to access the alternate entrance while the construction was in progress. The value of the homes in the community expect to increase in value. The design also has a positive public impact for the three decade old country club. This project architect Ken Hirsch provided the community amenity design in the early 1980’s. Hirsch knows that design styles change over the years. However there are some basic design concepts that never change; proportion, composition and detail. The architect’s skill is using the ingredients of form, function, materials and colors to fulfill the current architectural trends.

Lesson Learned: The money allocated for the guardhouse project will be an investment in the community and each home owners property value.

Low profile office building

Post 113 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

Design Creativity Occurs When Unusual Requirements Exist

It’s magic when a three story building looks like a two story building

Boca Grove Office Building was a challenging design problem. How to create a three story building that would fit in with the surrounding residential community. Solution was to slope the parking area half way up the first floor so that you go down 7 steps to the entrance of the first level. The third floor was incorporated into the roof profile with only the windows visible in the roof profile.

Lesson Learned: Creativity comes from an unusual set of requirements. Embrace the challenge.