conceptual housing for a site in Lucas Valley, CA by dc_us
dc_us did the space planning and permit docs for this ceiling reconfiguration (flat to gable) and kitchen expansion.
Julian Assange could have remained anonymous with respect to the creation and maintenance of Wikileaks. Publishers should not be punished for being named. We have whistle blower protection. We have freedom of publishing or we have nothing worth defending.
A 2nd floor Master Bedroom Suite addition, design and permit documents by dc_us. Location: Belmont, CA. Built in 2017.
“I wanted to make the existing stone wall more planer by adding concrete veneer. I also wanted some of the existing stones to be visible to show the original construction, so the contractor came up with the technique of attaching wadded paper to the form boards so apertures were cast into the finish surface.” dc
Screen shot from the rhino model by David Curtis.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
On 10 September 2015, floodwaters driven by Typhoon Etau prompted mass evacuations in Japan and overwhelmed the drainage pumps at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. A TEPCO spokesperson said that hundreds of metric tons of radioactive water entered the ocean as a result. Plastic bags filled with contaminated soil and grass were also swept away by the flood waters.
194 “Flooding swept away radiation cleanup bags in Fukushima”. The Japan Times Online. 12 September 2015. ISSN0447-5763. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
…we walked up one of the staircases to the first viewing platform. I recall writing years ago about the replica tower in LV and how it has tube structure within its lattice work that reduces the amount of negative space pushing through the structure.
The decision to go with glass has eliminated the oil canning issues present in some of Gehry’s sheet metal clad iconic works. It also allows the ample structure that accomplishes these shapes to be in the foreground. The night before I had gone through the sequence of gesture sketches in the documentation of a book on the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
Budapest: the many occurrences of missing stone veneer, usually revealing concrete structure with various globs of perhaps mortar, sometimes worn ends of spray foam. Frequent signs for “Escape Rooms”. A taxi driver points to a building where the KGB operated. Frequent branding of “New York”…on hamburgers, cafe, t-shirts. Something about the elevator door reluctantly closes. Blue and white interiors. A tv in the kitchen/dining room/couch area. I have no memory of the sleeping rooms.
Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino, sat next to me on the jury.
(Discussing the project)
He had a robotic torso.
(It) looked like a bicycle frame.
I could see electrical wires that replaced his spinal cord.
I couldn’t help asking him about it.
(He said): The doctors told me it was possible…but you don’t want it.
© David Curtis 2015
Aldous Harding visited SF last night for one of the precious US dates on her current tour in support of her album Designer.
She plays in Los Angeles tomorrow to another sold out show.
My wife and I made the mistake of lingering on a sofa near the merchandise table during the opening act. So despite the small venue, I was further from the musicians than I wanted to be once Aldous began. But the sound was wonderful. I kept looking over to the sound man to see him enjoying it as much as I was.
I did get to see Aldous before the show, as she was heading out to the front of the club twice. She had a look one has when trying not to forget something or perhaps when one’s mind is elsewhere.
Most of the songs were from the new album.
Weight of the planets diagnoses someone inaccessible due to imagined or real duty.
The mildly threatening lyrics of Treasure .
I think there was at least one song from the Party album.
The encore was a cover of Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line. Sung slowly as if by a quiet Kate Bush.
It ended too soon. I wanted to volunteer for the tour (as is often the case) but dutifully went home to my family.
A package containing Designer on vinyl was waiting when I got home on the dining room table. I’ve listened to it four times so far today. Five.
I visited the corpse
of the Rem Koolhaas designed Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas over the (native american genocide) weekend.
I was a senior professional for the executive architect TSA of Nevada (the Stubbins Associates) in 2001.
The internal truss (fully clad, both sides in 1/2″ corten) was fully suspended from the underside of the hotel tower. It has been reconfigured, if not completely removed.
Retail shops have been inserted into what is left of the corten shell.
A Hugo Boss store at the north end features one of the remaining exposed corten partitions. The remnant of the stone fireplace from the previous VIP lounge remains, a feature element in the new store.
On the exterior, nearly the entire work has been obscured by vinyl supergraphics of celebrity chefs.
Near the porte cochere, some corten remains visible as does a sliver of window, the laminated glass pin at the partition foot. The former, full height sliding glass and steel door is visible. A smaller, perhaps exit door has been cut in to it.
The (3) former rotating display walls are gone.
Vestige end display cases of glass occupy what would have been the ends of the rotating walls when paused in the East West direction.
One of the cases features a head shot of Grace Hartzel, perhaps a highlight of the remodeled interior.
On a positive note: The removal of the fully suspended East truss partition likely avoids an eventual structural collapse that the corten might have enabled. See also: rust is a thing.
And no, I did not work on this remodel.
I worked on the former museum from schematic design through construction admin. I flew to Rotterdam to provide assistance during the completion of the construction documents. I sketched all the roof details on the plane in pencil. I still have them.
I also served as a Gallery Educator for the Museum under Anita Getzler.
© David Curtis 2018
Sound Studio in Las Vegas for GG.