“Context” is a BIG word. To us, it is much more than the physical setting (the site). The tangible conditions and surroundings of the site including topography, neighboring structures, local climate, etc. These all play lead roles in the story of a project. But there are many other forces that play a part in the narrative. Generally speaking, we call these “design forces” and recognize that a big part of our role is to understand, manage, and coordinate them. Sometimes these forces are not immediately obvious and need to be ...Read More
About the Hillen Residence:
This home is designed to connect the family to their natural surroundings by weaving into the landscape and graciously opening to expansive views of native Texas flora. The form of the plan was developed through an iterative process that examined circulation patterns, efficiencies, privacy layers, and targeted moments of directed views. The resulting layout will enhance the user experience by bringing in daylight, framing views to nature, creating privacy between living zones, and bringing the family together in an open and engaging living space. Site specific, the plan also integrates into the landscape and in doing so avoids disturbing all existing trees which will remain to enrich the beauty of the landscape. Through the very nature of its fingering structure, this house creates a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces with dynamic movement, form, and experience...Read More
... a few proofs from out latest photo shoot at the Hillen Residence.
NIMMO has begun developing concepts for residences at Urban Commons....
From www.urbancommons.live :
At some point, you choose. How you want to be. How you want to live. How you want each moment to unfold before it slips away.
What choices feed your bottom line? A commitment to live each possible moment out of doors? A desire to own a minimal, modern home that exists in harmony with our environment? A determination to spend time enjoying experiences and people instead of things?
We know. Welcome to Urban Commons...
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As architects, we are often asked by clients to refer a contractor for their project. While we are happy to recommend contractors that we have had great experiences working with, it’s important for clients to engage in the process by taking the following actions:
ASK TO SEE THEIR WORK IN PERSON This does two things: it gives you a chance to view the quality of their work and just as important, it indicates that the contractor is on good terms with (at least) one of their clients...Read More
Given the challenge of adding to this significant home originally designed by Harwood K. Smith, founder of HKS, Inc., NIMMO choose to quietly tap into the corner of the existing structure with a light and airy extension. While creating a subtle identity for the new, details such as the tapered rafters were inspired by the original...Read More
The Hillen Residence connects the family to their natural surroundings by weaving into the landscape and graciously opening toward expansive views of native Texan flora. A site specific project the form, both in plan and volume, is driven by natural connections stitching together with the facets of the family’s daily life. The jurors commended the project’s ability to manifest a complex plan and idea into a simple gesture that allows the homeowner to experience the architecture and natural surrounding from every vantage point.
Dialogue. Ideas. Opportunities.
“As public discourse in Dallas becomes increasingly vital to understanding where we are as a city, and where we want to be, AIA Dallas seeks to enable continuing dialogue on important issues between the profession and the community. As part of our charge, the evolution of the Unbuilt Design Awards into an interactive event for the community continues the AIA Dallas mission to provoke new ideas by featuring the future from the architect’s perspective.”
One year ago we posted the statement above marking a transition in the Unbuilt Design Awards program. The outcome was exciting, to say the least, with a participation that was able to reach not only the chapter, but organizations and the community at large. This year we intend to further that dialogue through an evening of discussion and celebration of the ideas that continue to provoke design further throughout Dallas and beyond.
This year’s program will be held on April 28th at 816 Montgomery in the Cedars neighborhood located in south Dallas. Projects will be featured once again in a gallery format with a presentation by the jurors as well as the announcement of the winning entries. Press and People’s Choice will also be awarded at the end of the night.