Versailles (Censored)

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Thank you for censoring Versailles from us Google.   Beyond that, the update to "path"view in Google street view is pretty amazing.

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Citizen Architect

Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States of America. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio.


Washington University in St. Louis

Phase II of the New Engineering Quadrangle of Washington University in St. Louis' ground has been broken and webcam is up and running.  The Engineering School's new home was designed by Richard Cameron and Jason Grimes in collaboration with RMJM, NYC.

Great Gate Rendering: Richard Cameron. 4/2010


Graphic Design Studio

ICA&CA Summer Exhibition Guides


Selected works from students, members and faculty of the ICA and Grand Central Academy are on display at the ICA&CA through July 2nd. The exhibit includes work from both Richard Cameron and Jason Grimes and was curated by Richard Cameron and Andy Taylor.


Studio Wish List

Studio Wishlist: Truck Furniture

While we're in the process of reworking the studio space we thought we'd take the time to: blow the budget, dream bigger than the space allows, over indulge (at least visually) on some not-so-typical choice studio accoutrement.
We've run up against one problem: the company is based in Osaka.  With the incredible shipping cost, I've developed a serious case of chair envy.

Les Metalliers Champenois

Les Metalliers Champenois was kind enough to give us a tour of their enormous workshop in Patterson, New Jersey.  As incredible of scale the Statue of Liberty is, their repusse work is hands down the best being produced anywhere in the world today -and that, sadly is a small amount.

From the L.M.C. website:
Since 2007, Les Métalliers Champenois (LMC Corp.) is a fully US owned and operated atelier, continuing in America the ancient European and American tradition of fine ornamental metalwork. In 1984 following historic achievements in the field of landmark restoration with projects like the Chateau de Versailles and the ornate gates on the Place Stanislas in Nancy, LMC was entrusted with its crowning and most visible achievement to date: The recreation of the Torch and Flame for the Statue of Liberty, which now stands with A. Bartholdi’s original vision of a gilt torch that had, until then, never been realized.
The LMC atelier, equipped with modern machinery and old age hand tools, is holding high the legacy of the ancient trade of metalwork. Next to its hot forging gas and coal furnaces and anvils, the atelier of repousse works – one of the few still existing in the world – produces the delicate – and time-consuming – rosettes, water and acanthus leaves that constitutes the trademarks of outstanding metalwork.
Selected images from the studio:

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“The Princely Pallace of the Sunne stood gorgeous to beholde on stately Pillars builded high of yellow burnisht golde,  Beset with sparckling Carbuncles that like to fire did shine.  The roofe was framed curiously of Ivorie pure and fine.The two doore leaves of silver cleare a radiant light did cast: 
But yet the cunning workemanship of things therein farre past.  The stuffe wherof the doores were made.  For there a perfect plat Had Vulcane drawn of all the worlde:"

The.XV.Bookes of P.Ovidius.Naso, entytuled Metamorphosis, translated oute of Latin into English meter, by Arthur Golding Gentleman.


Graphic Design Studio

Identity creation for a proposed architectural education arm of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America:  Furthering the imagery of Diana,  which is currently the Institute's logo, the architecture she once stood upon, at the first Madison Square Garden was added.  The Prospectus, Schedule and Budget were bound by a recycled hemp sleeve printed with an original image of the Diana at Madison Square Garden and sealed with a copper wax seal.

Doug+Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambu

Invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn (born in New Jersey in 1961) present their new work, Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop. The monumental bamboo structure, ultimately measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high, takes the form of a cresting wave that bridges realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance. Visitors witness the continuing creation and evolving incarnations of Big Bambú as it is constructed throughout the spring, summer, and fall by the artists and a team of rock climbers. Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Big Bambú suggests the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism. It is the thirteenth-consecutive single-artist installation on the Roof Garden.  -From metmuseum.org

The instillation if anything is amazing.  Here are a few pictures I snapped before I went back to the French period rooms for the 18th time this year.


Atelier & Co.

Atelier & Co. takes its name from the old French word for an artist’s or craftsman’s studio. We practice architectural design as a fine art in the traditional way and we collaborate on our projects with other architects, artists, and craftsmen—hence the ‘& Co.’ in our name. Our work is always inspired by the great architecture and design of the past and is rooted in the idea that beauty and comfort should always coincide in a good design.

We work closely with clients and draw every aspect of our projects by hand—from initial sketches and renderings to fully developed design drawings. While we employ digital techniques in our work they are always secondary to our hand drawing. We see the computer as a useful but limited tool in the designer’s repertoire.

Our design sensibilities are eclectic in the best sense of the word—wide-ranging but discriminating. We take our inspiration from the best of what our broad knowledge of architectural and design history and culture makes available to us. Ultimately we draw all of our inspirations from our clients’ dreams and demands, and we leave each project with the belief that we have served our clients best by letting them move into the buildings they have dreamt about.


Richard Cameron

Richard is the taste maker and founder of Atelier. His wealth of architectural knowledge and history is unparalleled. He co-founded the Institute of Classical Architecture in 1992 (now the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art) and is the founder and current Director of its Beaux-Arts Atelier. Richard was awarded first prize in the Royal Oak Foundation's Annual Architecture Competition in 1993 and his work has appeared in numerous publications from Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and The New York Times, to the forthcoming book The Art of Classical Details. Richard has a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton. 1993 and his work has appeared in numerous publications from Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and The New York Times, to the forthcoming book The Art of Classical Details. Richard has a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

Q: What is a structure that most inspires you?
A: The Laurentian Library in Florence by Michaelangelo, 1523-1571.  It's the most profoundly architectural work of architecture I've ever encountered. It simply is architecture about architecture.

Q: Who is the architect that most inspires you?
A: Ictinus, one of the architects of the Parthenon. He designed perhaps the most significant temple from the high-classical period, and one which has the first example of the Corinthian Order. Additionally, the Parthenon was discovered by one of my other heroes of architecture, Charles Robert Cockerell in the early 19th century.

Q: Can you explain your process?
A: It always begins with drawing, and then there is more drawing. And dreaming. We aim to capture the dreams of our clients, that's always the goal.

Jason Grimes

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Jason is Atelier's creative engine. He spearheads and oversees the design output of the studio from big picture concept sketches to detailing of intricately cut marble to the office stationary.  He has a passion for bringing paintings to life and delivering design-led innovation of the highest caliber. His projects have run the gamut of five-story penthouses in New York, a 125-acre country estate, vacation homes on a practically deserted Caribbean Island -his experience by the age of 30 puts him well beyond most.  His work has now twice appeared in Architectural Digest as well as other publications, a colleague's monograph and commercial client's promotional material.  He is a member of the Interior Design Society and a mentor for the IIDA.  Jason received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Miami. and a vacation home on an almost deserted island in  the Caribbean . His work has appeared in many publications inculding Architectural Digest. He is a member of the Interior Design Society and a mentor for the IIDA.  Jason received a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Miami.

Q: What is a structure that most inspires you?
A: The John Ferraro Building (formerly the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Building) by AC Martin Partners, built in 1964. It commands just as much attention as a Greek temple but was built in in the 60’s from simple reinforced concrete slabs. The drama of its nighttime lighting and the surrounding water features don't hurt either.

Q: Who is the architect that most inspires you?
A: Filippo Juvarra (1678-1736) from Sicily. I have a soft spot for Baroque, especially when it's both constrained and pushed to its absolute limit. Juvarra's creation of space and his twisting of ornament still blows my mind.

Q: Can you explain your process?
A: I like to work primarily in watercolor to express my designs. I think the feeling and unintended emotion that can come out of the brush gives you a deeper connection and understanding of your intentions. It's fast too, which really helps my unrelenting pace and schedule.