June 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
Today we visit the Bullitt Center, a newly opened office building in Capital Hill in Seattle, Washington. This isn’t just any office building, its the “greenest office building in the world.” Complete with a roof of solar panels, composting toilets and 250 year lifespan, the center is designed to function like a rainforest.
I visited the center during my November trip to Seattle and loved its environmental aspirations and exemplary Pacific Northwest design. Gone are the days of ‘green’ buildings looking like ugly spaceships.
In August I will be moving north to Seattle to work in an architecture firm. Looking forward to the upcoming adventures…but before that happens I will be graduating this weekend and traveling in Turkey for three weeks! Keep you posted on the paintings, projects and adventures.
May 29, 2013 § 4 Comments
I am back!
For the past eight months I have been working away to complete my thesis for my undergraduate architecture degree. Late nights in studio, demanding deadlines and more list items than hours in a day have kept me from painting (for pleasure that is) and blogging.
BUT as of this weekend I am (almost) officially done. One publication and a few small group projects stand infront of me and that diploma but these petty things still give me time to continue to paint, paint, paint…ahh how I have missed those brushes!
Although intense, my thesis still allowed me to break out the paintbrushes and do a bit of mixed media presentation work.
I thought I would share with you what has kept me alway for so long!
My thesis explored the connection (well, lack there of) of children and nature. Through the research of early children’s education, children’s environmental psychology and a strong emphasis on passive design strategies, I designed a child development center in San Luis Obispo, California. The Center is home to a preschool for 70+ children, family art center, teaching kitchen and family counseling center. The program is broken up into five separate buildings to create small campus in the South Hills site of San Luis Obispo and promote outdoor circulation within the center.
Classroom Cluster Section. Two classrooms are joined together with a shared service and ‘flow’ space. The flow space is to give children the option of playing indoors while meant to feel like the outdoors.
Teaching Kitchen. The kitchen is meant to teach children about food production and preparation. By allowing children to grow their own produce there is hope they will make smarter food decisions in the future.
Site Plan. By site plan it looks like a game of Candy Land, however the site is broken up into classroom specific areas, shared areas and public areas. Diversity within the plan is to allow children to explore, together or individually, the natural outdoors.
Site Section, Classroom View. Here the three classroom ‘clusters’ are shown. Each cluster contains two classrooms and a shared service flow area. The buildings are clad in recycled wood siding and eco-friendly fiber-cement board. The materials are meant to blend into the existing site.
Just some snippets from a years worth of hard work!
December 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments
After returning from Copenhagen, I jumped from one adventure to the next.
My next adventure awaited me in the mountains, 6,000ft above sea level in the small mountain town Truckee, California. This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work for MWA Architects and Engineers, a firm specializing in mountain-inspired design. I never thought I would find myself in a small town, but after living the city for the last year, the peaceful Sierra mountains were quite a treat.
And as summer begins to fade (why is it getting dark so early!?!)…so does my internship. To thank MWA, I painted them our office (which was actually designed my boss) clad in rustic wood, recycled corrugated metal and rusted corten steel (mmm…my favorites! Can you see why I loved working with them?).
Its been an educational and relaxing summer, yet I am excited to head back to SLO for my final year!
Thank Truckee for a beautiful summer.
So yet again I find myself saying goodbye to another home…
Vi ses Truckee! Hej San Luis Obispo!
July 18, 2012 § 2 Comments
Howdy from Chapel Hill in Shandon, California! Two dear friends of mine tied the knot last week and in honor of the site where they were engaged (Chapel Hill), I painted them this memory. Last October Tim brought Meredith up to Chapel Hill overlooking the grassy hills of Paso Robles and popped the question. I assume you can figure out that she said yes!
Chapel Hill is a small Catholic chapel outside Paso Robles on the Central Coast of California. From Highway 46 one can only see a small silhouette of the mission style chapel, but once you make the treck up the hillside you are greeted by this beautiful patio. Turn around and a view the rolling Central Coast hills awaits you. Go in the winter when the hills are green and you just might find yourself humming ‘The Hills are Alive.’
Congrats on your marriage Mere and Tim!
June 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
Finally complete and ready for sales…
watercolorWEDNESDAY original stationery sets!
and personally speaking, I think they are just swell!
I am selling two sets of prints– TRAVELS and COPENHAGEN. Each set includes 6 original prints from Kirsten in Copenhagen watercolorWEDNESDAY and matching envelopes.
Each set is for sale for $15 and all profits will be donated to my dear friends participating on mission trips with Cru this summer (check the projects out here).
If you are interested in buying a set or two (…or three), please go to my Etsy webpage to purchase. If you are a friend, family member or local (Bay Area resident) you are welcome to just send me an email and I will reserve a set or two (…or three) for you.
Each print is an original from one watercolorWEDNESDAY week. Travel paintings include adventures from Prague, Salzburg, Lund, Barcelona, Rome and Ireland. The Copenhagen set is a collection of my favorite paintings from that city I love! The back of each card includes the original text from each blog post related to the painting.
Here is a sneak peak…
For you newbies…what is watercolorWEDNESDAY?!? From August to May I was blessed with the opportunity to study and live in the magical city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout the year I explored Copenhagen and Europe through the lens of my watercolor brush. Every Wednesday I shared my work on my blog and it is now my pleasure to share my year and artwork with you.
Please enjoy and spread some love through these special cards.
Kirsten in Copenhagen
If Etsy link did not work, click http://www.etsy.com/shop/watercolorWEDNESDAY
May 2, 2012 § 3 Comments
Speaking of sunlight, I had to capture the light while visiting Bagsværd Kirke last week. Bagsværd Kirke is a church in the suburbs of Copenhagen designed by Jørn Utzon.
Ever heard of Utzon?
Well you should have!
He is the mastermind behind the iconic Sydney Opera House and one of Denmark’s most famous architects.
Completed in 1976, the church is a unique example of Scandinavian architecture at its finest. Using concrete, unfinished wood and tile the church is far from traditional, yet still evokes the ethereal and spiritual with its play of light and form. The overarching form is in the sanctuary ceiling. The Nordic light enters from the high ribbon window and swims along a series of folded concrete curves, creating beautiful contrasts and forms. Here I try to capture the intense contrasts within the space.