An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

We continue to look for places to visit for design inspiration. Now until April 30th, Art is to be found in the Southern California desert. Recently we took a trip to the Coachella Valley, to see Desert X, an inaugural exhibition of site specific art in locations all over the region from Coachella to Desert Hot Springs to Palm Springs. The work draws attention to the desert environment, open spaces,.

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Another year is coming to a close. In this post, we share some favorite buildings we were lucky enough to see in 2016. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go. Some brief highlights: we got to go on a very special tour of the Sheats Goldstein residence in Los Angeles, designed by one of our favorite architects of all time, John Lautner. Here in our home.

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Reclaiming Undeveloped Land Hart Wright Architects recently completed work on a project for the College Hill Reservoir site, a PUC owned, previously empty piece of land, that has now been transformed into an outdoor classroom and environmental systems demonstration garden. It is for the benefit of the neighboring schools and community.  The PUC, working with the San Francisco Unified School District and Green Schoolyard Alliance, came up with the idea.

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Hart Wright Architects working with a team recently designed the College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights. The client is the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, SFPUC. The goals of the project are to educate about the earth systems and to encourage sustainable design for thriving life. This project aims to demonstrate the who, where, what, why, how, wherefore and joy of sustainable infrastructure and sustainable best practices to K-5.

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

The Victorian houses in San Francisco are typified by wonderful gracious tall ceilings but cozy small individual rooms with a lot of circulation. Lots are only 25 feet wide and a comfortable sized room could easily take up that width, but in Victorian times, the rooms were connected by hallways which made the living spaces even narrower. In addition, kitchens were service areas and they were intentionally separated out from.

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

We here at HWA draw much inspiration from the architecture of the Scandinavian region and American modernism. For that matter, we are all about San Francisco Bay area regional modernism of the mid-20th century cross pollinated with Scandinavian architects and designers in the years following World War 2. We made a visit to Scandinavia not long ago and gathered the following inspirational images: Eliel Saarinen 1-Hvittrask, 1902: This communal living.

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

Just this past weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle featured San Francisco 1950s box houses in the article “Little Boxes, A Different Kind of Painted Ladies.” See the link here. They praised their lack of appreciation and ubiquitousness. When we saw this, we were thrilled! Finally, these great houses are being noticed. What the article did not mention is the rectangular form, in its simplicity as exemplified in the box house,.

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

We are pleased to announce Gardenista chose our custom water fountain as one of their top 10 favorites! Please click here to read more.

Featured on Houzz.com: “Tear Down that Concrete Patio”

Featured on Houzz.com: “Tear Down that Concrete Patio”

Once again, Hart Wright Architects is pleased to announce they are featured on Houzz.com! To read the article, please click the title above.

Why Saving Energy Saves Water

Why Saving Energy Saves Water

We are in a record dry period. When will it rain? As we should know, water is used in every industrial practice, mixing, cleaning and manufacturing materials; not just for flushing toilets and drinking. Water is inextricably linked with energy consumption and therefore, conserving energy conserves water. If you spent some time researching and observing the pipelines, dams, reservoirs and infrastructure that have been built to get the water to.

The Three Boxes- Hart Wright Architects’ Furniture Design

The Three Boxes- Hart Wright Architects’ Furniture Design

We thought this project in the furniture section on our website could use an explanation. This is a piece of furniture we designed for a remodeled 1950’s typical San Francisco box shaped house where flexibility is valued. It consists of three arrangable modular box forms. The piece is used in a living room with an open plan connected to a dining area and kitchen. This relatively small room functions as.

A Brief Tour of Houses Visiting Austin for Design Inspiration

A Brief Tour of Houses Visiting Austin for Design Inspiration

We recently took a trip to Austin to attend the annual Austin Psych Fest music festival. As always when we travel, we find design inspiration. While there, we were able to explore Hyde Park and North Loop. We love looking at buildings and especially houses wherever we travel.  We could have spent a lot more time there, but nevertheless, here are some interesting houses for our collection.

Recycling + Deadline = Deck Chairs

Recycling + Deadline = Deck Chairs

The holiday season is always a reason to have a deadline. This year we are hosting guests. We needed to make our house more comfortable, and we knew we did not have enough seating for everyone, so we focused on building chairs. One reason we felt we could meet this deadline is that over the years, we’ve created a stock pile of scrap material (mostly wood) from various projects and.

Hart Wright Architects Trip to Utah to See Land Art and get Green Design Inspiration

Hart Wright Architects Trip to Utah to See Land Art and get Green Design Inspiration

As part of our desire to be inspired by the world around us, Hart Wright Architects went to Utah and visited important land art projects. These works connect the visitor to the landscape. They make one realize humans are just a small part of time, space and the universe. Seeing a piece of art built into the land is incredibly moving and well worth the effort. The Spiral Jetty is.

Some Thoughts on Pre-Fab Construction

We have just been asked a question about doing pre-fab construction. What are the pros and cons, and specifically what about doing it in San Francisco? First of all, as far as San Francisco is concerned, our feeling is that since pre-fab gets a lot of press and is still trendy, the San Francisco planning department would not have a problem with it. San Francisco is trying to be green.

Green Design: We want to reduce our water use and our runoff, please!

Design Case Study: The Knuckle

Here is a brief case study of a remodel where the objective of the project was to add light to the space, make the bedroom bigger, brighter and more functional, and to remodel the bath. Costs were kept down by not moving any plumbing fixtures and the goals were accomplished with some simple non-structural changes to the plan. The existing house had, and still has, extensive overhangs, which is good.

A Green Roof on a Small Scale

A Green Roof on a Small Scale

Here is a utility shed we built to house our gardening tools and trash containers. We designed the shed to break up the deck and patio area from a service alley accessed through the garage. There is a sunny eddy on the deck backed by the shed, the key was placing it perpendicular to the house. Since its roof is so visible and accessible, we wanted to look at plants.

 
                                                    

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