Design is a process of distilling ideas and injecting wonder. The goal is not to have a final product, but a tangible and haptic memory of a journey.

This journal is a documented lens of the practice of benjamin hall design and its journey. "The good, the bad, and the ugly."

Rendering vs reality. 
Light quality from the atrium is just right.

Rendering vs reality.
Light quality from the atrium is just right.

Tree time. Two mesquite and one palo verde planted. Now it’s fence building time.

subtilitas:

Peter Zumthor - Swiss sound box, a pavilion for the 2000 expo in Hanover. The temporary pavilion was designed with the expo’s theme of “sustainability” in mind. Over 3000 cubic meters of Swiss Larch and Fir were shipped to Germany, and stacked in a fashion similar to standard lumber-drying racks. Engineer Jürg Conzett was brought in to devise a cable tensioning system that allowed the structure to be assembled without the use of nails, screws, or other adhesives. The tension rods were periodically tightened throughout the course of the expo to maintain structural integrity as the wood dried. The project was then disassembled and shipped back to Switzerland in a post-tensioned state, increasing the value of the lumber. The porous design also played a crucial role in the programing of the space; unlike other pavilions which traditionally served as national portfolios, the soundbox was intended as place to relax, socialize, and explore. Over 500 musicians wandered through the projects labyrinthian layout during its 6 month existence, sometimes interacting through the walls, other times congregation for orchestral performances. Three different bar and food areas ensured visitors had a more private space to relax amongst the congested expo grounds. Photos (C) Roland Halbe

The ephemeral nature of this project makes it even more special.

Happy to see a project I helped construct, finally make it on the internet. Great design from Suchart Chen.

Happy to see a project I helped construct, finally make it on the internet. Great design from Suchart Chen.

Installing steel and wood front doors.

nnmprv:

Oro Rosso by Michela Frontino.

"The ‘Red Gold’ project has been realized in the fields of the small towns of Cerignola, Candela, San Severo (Puglia, South of Italy). In the Rignano Scalo ghetto, the author met migrants living in unsustainable conditions, social exclusion and vulnerable to violence and intolerance".

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Sometimes beauty comes from unlikely places. Perhaps it’s all about the lens of perspective.

One of my favorite. Fray is the man.

One of my favorite. Fray is the man.

Installing steel panels and aluminum sliders.

It’s been nothing short of a long day. But we crossed the halfway line with these steel awnings.