These Are a Few of My Favorite Things_2014

Posted on 29 Dec 2014 in All Posts, Firm Blog, Marrina Blog, Staff Blogs | 0 comments

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to reflect back on the past year and share some moments of inspiration I found in 2014.

(Click on the images for a link to the source of inspiration!)

January_Moses Bridge_Netherlands

Just as the name suggests, this modern bridge literally parts the waters of the Fort de
Roovere.  Hidden until just a few feet, the bridge creates a unique experience for visitors
passing through.

Moses Bridge

February_Book Designs by Jessica Hische

You can’t judge a book by its cover – especially these book covers.  A playful mix of
colors, typography, and illustrations will not only inspire your graphic senses, but will
also inspire you to pick up some good reading too.

 02 book designs 2

March_GSA Office Building_Albuquerque

“Floating” panels above the courtyard of the GSA Office building not only provide a
modern deconstructed design aesthetic to the space, but also provide critical shading
of the space and the building from the harsh desert sun.

03 GSA Office Building

April_Street Art

The 10 Most Loved Street Art Photos by Street Art Utopia.

04 Street Art


Food + Architecture = Delicious.

05 Coolhause

June_A Gathering Place_Tulsa

After years of planning, Tulsa’s community will soon be able to “gather” in a new outdoor
park.  Exciting news in Oklahoma’s own backyard!

06 Gathering Place

July_Kirstenboasch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway_South Africa

Need a break?  Take a walk…if only all walks could be among the trees and slopes
of South Africa!

07 Tree Canopy Walkway

August_The Explorer’s Club_NYC

Adventure is really out there!  And there is a club dedicated to it, dating back
to 1904, with elite members like past presidents, scientists, and astronauts.

08 Explorer Club

September_Nelson Mandela Sculpture_South Africa

Comprised of 55 different steel columns, the sculpture appears and disappears at the
end of a simple walkway as a reminder and tribute to Nelson Mandela and his fight
for freedom.

09 Nelson Mandela

October_Parking Structure Art Façade_Indianapolis

Parking your car just got a lot more interesting!

10 Parking Garage

November_Solar Bike Path_Netherlands

The world’s first solar panel path was installed and opened to the public in the Netherlands. 
The panels were a challenge to construct as material and efficiency of the system had to be
considered for practical use; but, if the integration of electricity into the roadway can
outweigh the current costs, the future for solar roadways is very bright.

11 Solar Path

December_Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum_NYC

The preview of the museum renovation unveils the possibilities of merging the traditional
museum with modern display galleries and technological innovation – a museum where
you can look and touch!

12 Smithsonian Design Museum

I hope you found a little inspiration from 2014 too!  And, here’s to more moments in 2015!

“As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown.”