Part 1: Redding School of the Arts, a Design That Teaches Others
If you have ever watched a disaster movie where a giant asteroid is hurtling toward the earth, bringing with it death and destruction to all mankind, you know what happens. Almost no one believes the warnings until they can see the danger with their [...]
Founded in 1999, Redding School of the Arts, a distinguished California charter school, has developed a clear vision around teaching and performing arts. With the decision in 2007 by a locally based philanthropic foundation to fund its new school campus, that vision led to defining characteristics that would create a state-of-the-art facility that itself would [...]
Challenged to create adequate shade for an existing outdoor amphitheater at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park without obscuring existing views within this natural setting, our solution was to design a series of canvas “louvers” suspended between thin structural piers. These louvered panels were angled to best protect the audience from the hot summer sun, while [...]
When a local philanthropic foundation decided to build a new maintenance facility to support the operation of their campus, they voiced their concern to us that the footprint for the 18,000 square foot structure would be discordant with the adjacent residential neighborhood. In order to minimize its impact, we began by carefully locating the [...]
In 1999 Trilogy volunteered its services to the Rotary Club of Redding for the design of the Mayor’s Memorial Plaza in honor of Patricia Anderson, who died while serving as Mayor of Redding, and to acknowledge all of the community leaders who over the years have given their time and energy to serve on the [...]
How does an architect end up designing a garden?
We like to think in this case it’s because we are “generalist” architects who are viewed more as problem-solvers than specialists in any one type of design. Our task with the McConnell Arboretum was to work with a dedicated group of local garden enthusiasts to revise [...]
In January 0f 2007, the local builder’s exchange, in partnership with the Redding Redevelopment Agency, commissioned three local architects for a unique design project named AGREE Park. Each was to design a prototypical single family home to promote affordable, energy efficient alternatives within our community. For our part, Trilogy accepted the challenge of designing [...]
The Carnegie Library first opened in 1903, only to be torn down in 1962 to make room for more parking. As a result, Library Park in downtown Redding had become more parking lot than park. However, in a strange turn of fortunes in 1995, thanks to the efforts of several local businesses the parking [...]
An important piece of Redding’s heritage, this 1935 Art Deco style movie theatre was purchased in 1999 with the intention that it be completely restored for use as 1000 seat performing arts venue. That required a balance between historical restoration and the performance requirements necessary in the 21st century. We donated much of our work [...]
This 13,760 SF project houses a large non-profit foundation. It is located on an abandoned drive-in theatre property that was converted to an office campus site with multiple building pads surrounding a central plaza and public gardens. Our primary goal was to create a model for “affordable sustainability” in the hopes that the ideas showcased in its [...]
No more can we applaud designs that fail to take our planet into consideration, the time has come to let go the architecture of convenience and to embrace an architecture of connection.
The words “daring and creative” are rarely heard when decribing today’s housing developers. When confronted, it is not unusual to hear the almost automatic response, “I’m only building what the public wants”. But are they? This book tells the story of one post World WarII developer named Joseph Eichler who decided to build modern homes for the [...]
October 16th, 2009 | A Different Kind of Developer
Lew French is our staff’s pick for Today’s Featured Artist. He moved to Martha’s Vineyard over twenty years ago and has worked on his own stone designs exclusively since. His work has been featured in the New York Times, House Beautiful, The Boston Globe Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Metropolitan Home.
”I had just turned nineteen when [...]
June 3rd, 2009 | Stone by Design
The 2009 Kinetic Grand Championship on California’s north coast was held on Memorial Day weekend, the 40th time this race has taken place since its modest beginnings in 1969. We were there with friends to watch the beginning of the race, and it’s difficlut to imagine a more fun way to spend a few hours. [...]
June 1st, 2009 | For the Glory
Competing in a 1981 national competition against 1,420 other entries, an unknown undergraduate at Yale University named Maya Ying Lin was selected as the winner for her design for the Vietnam Memorial. Her concept was simple and inspirational:
She wanted to create a park within a park – a quiet protected place onto itself, yet harmonious with [...]
June 1st, 2009 | A Flash of Genius
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, this may be it. The idea of flying cars goes back to the 1930′s, well before we were treated to the Jetson’s flying car on TV. The latest entry into car – plane hybrids is the Terrafugia Transition designed by MIT – trained [...]
May 29th, 2009 | If Cars Could Fly…
If you are an architect and you are not inspired by this building by the twentieth century architectural icon Louis Kahn, then you need to change professions. The Exeter Library, with Kahn’s typically dramatic interior spaces framed in powerful but simple forms is a potent reminder that what is inside a building is as much (or more) about architecture as [...]
May 15th, 2009 | Inspiration Revisited
Nathan Sawaya is our staff’s pick for Today’s Featured Artist. In fact, we enjoy Nathan’s art so much TRILOGY is one of the sponsors of his exhibit, “The Art of the Brick” at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park , showing from May 16, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Anyone who ever played with LEGO blocks as [...]
May 12th, 2009 | Art of The Brick
Ben Butler is our staff’s pick for Today’s Featured Artist. We find his sculptures of patterned wood especially appealing.
“The spirit of science, of discovery and illumination, is central to my art. Ultimately, everything made is first found. Yet, for both art and science, successful work must allow others not to simply rediscover what you have [...]
May 5th, 2009 | Intensely Wood
If you’ve ever driven along California Highway 299 in Shasta County past the small town of Ingot (population 30), you’ve probably wondered about the story behind these ruins. All that remains of what once was a functioning and robust enterprise, these sketetal ”bones” only hint at what once existed here.
“In 1873 Marcus Peck purchased the Copper Hill Mine group [...]
May 3rd, 2009 | The Architecture of Ruins
This book is a very personal look into how a very small segment of home building is slowly evolving toward prefabrication, while at the same time the construction industry as a whole remains as the status quo. The author, founding editor in chief of Dwell magazine Karrie Jacobs, embarks on a search across America for a [...]
April 30th, 2009 | The Perfect $100,000 House
Celeste White is our staff’s pick for Today’s Featured Artist. As we’ve said before, Northern California has some wonderful artists, and Celeste is another great example.
“In my work, I have two main purposes: In my individual pieces, I strive to create beauty where there might be perceived ugliness, to redeem materials that otherwise might be [...]
April 27th, 2009 | Finding Treasure
This year is 2007. I am a fifth year architecture student at Montana State University, and my assignment is to design a staircase. I decide to use this as an opportunity to explore the artistic notion of a stair connecting land and water within Guerney State Park in Wyoming. Not wanting to obstruct the park’s [...]
April 24th, 2009 | An Extreme Staircase
This scene from the 2001 movie Life as a House features an encounter with a building inspector that is completely unbelievable. However, we include it under the category of “wishful thinking”, because most architects only wish they could take care of building code issues this easily.
April 23rd, 2009 | I wish I was a Hollywood Architect, Part 2
if as architects we lived long enough to be able to see our work age
within the confines of its
natural environment, suffering neither deterioration nor neglect…
and in the process
actually become the better for it?
April 20th, 2009 | Wouldn’t it be Nice…
Here is a brief excerpt from my conference talk:
These days it seems as though “Green” is everywhere we turn. Environmentally friendly living ideas have finally made it to mainstream America, or at the very least, Good Morning America. The message being broadcast is clear from coast to coast: “Green is good, and it’s here to stay”. [...]
April 16th, 2009 | All That Glitters is Not Green
rebuilding our cities
often begins with what seems
like a backward step:
It’s called addition by destruction.
The removal of the first section of roof over the Redding Downtown Mall, Redding, California.
April 14th, 2009 | It should come as no surprise…
From its opening on April 22, 1939 in Racine, Wisconsin, the SC Johnson Wax Administration Building by Frank Lloyd Wright was destined to become one of the finest examples of 20th century American architecture. The Great Workroom, covering nearly on-half acre, must be seen in person (as I have) to be truly appreciated and the entry foyer [...]
April 13th, 2009 | What Timeless Really Means
When it comes to research into new energy sources, this may just be “The Next Really Cool Thing”:
If you hang around the renewable-energy business for long, you’ll hear a lot of tall tales. You’ll hear about someone who’s invented a process to convert coal into vegetable oil in his garage and someone else who has [...]
April 11th, 2009 | Is Nuclear Fusion Finally (almost) Here?
Bryan Tedrick is our staff’s pick for Today’s Featured Artist. Northern California has some wonderful artists, and Bryan Tedrick certainly fits into this category.
“While I may have a general idea in mind when creating a sculpture, the passages that constitute the whole are a surprise to me. Any durable material is fair game in this [...]
April 7th, 2009 | A Satisfying Map of the Journey
Architects have long been fascinated with the idea of designing prefabricated housing. The question remains, however, as to why they haven’t experienced as much success as might be expected. This book offers a clear explanation of the often dysfunctional relationship between architect and prefabrication while offering examples of both their successes and their failures. While the author offers [...]
April 7th, 2009 | The Prefabricated Home