A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
Our BIG news for the month of March is that Raj Desai has re-joined our firm as a Managing Partner in charge of architecture and construction. We are so thrilled to have him back after his exciting times with Skywalker Ranch and the Lucas Museum. He joins Katie Boyce as a Managing Partner and Gosia Podosek as Design Director.
In the pipe-line for this month are:
We look forward to sharing more in the months to come!!
Recently opened, the new Shanghai Natural History Museum is an architectural feat. Perkins + Will spent 9 years on perfecting the design, development and construction after winning an international design competition. Drawing upon traditional Chinese cultural references was important; thus, the building beautifully represents the harmony between humans and nature. Taking inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of mountain water gardens, China's natural landscape was stunningly "minimized".
The circular design allows for easy movement within, and the interior organization is made easier by the nautilus shell design which, in nature, is one of the truest geometric forms... perfect for a natural history museum.
More than 10,000 artifacts (representing all seven continents) are displayed in the bright, light-filled building. The 30-meter atrium is welcoming and the adjacent glass wall mimics the cell-structure of both plants and animals.
And finally, the design is environmentally friendly... the building is bioclimatic by maximizing the sun's output for solar power; nearby, the courtyard pond provides evaporative cooling. The interior temperature is regulated via geothermal and rain water is collected from the vegetated roof, stored in the oval pond and recycled.
Perhaps most importantly, with an additional 20 exhibition spaces, this space won't soon get outgrown!
With each growing up in Russia and graduating from a prestigious St. Petersburg Art Academy; it must be meant to be as Igor and Marina eventually got married and now collaborate on each wonderful piece of art they make. What makes this possible is that they come to the canvas from completely different perspectives. Igor is masterful in appreciating how to play off abstract images. He also has a great sense of color... it's never the color that overpowers the subject. On the other hand, Marina draws new images based off Old Masters' paintings, specifically those of the Italian and Dutch Renaissance eras.
It was studying the techniques of religious Russian art, becoming especially inspired by the work of Andrei Rublev and Dionysius alongside those of the West European Renaissance, that brought Igor and Marina to where they are today. And by researching the deeply spiritual figures of more modern masters such as Chagall and Kandinsky, Igor and Marina were able to meld additional techniques into their works.
What we love is the subtle Russian influences that blend in seamlessly. Clearly influenced by their childhood, both Igor and Marina pay beautiful tribute to their strong heritage.