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Architects’ Home Tour Features Rowland Design

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Architects’ Home Tour Features Rowland Design

Nestled in the Glendale neighborhood stands a now two-story home given a fresh new look with a creative exterior redesign and addition. The Boisson House will be featured in the AIA’s Architects’ Home Tour in Indianapolis September 20 and 21. This year’s theme is the “Inner Ring” Urban Development. “This once looked like a typical, […]

Nestled in the Glendale neighborhood stands a now two-story home given a fresh new look with a creative exterior redesign and addition.

The Boisson House will be featured in the AIA’s Architects’ Home Tour in Indianapolis September 20 and 21. This year’s theme is the “Inner Ring” Urban Development.

Boisson-BeforeAfter

“This once looked like a typical, red brick, 1970’s ranch, but Architect Eric Rowland, AIA, helped give this home more space and a whole new style. Instead of building out, Rowland designed a second story and reconfigured much of the main level.

A seldom-used dining room was converted to a large foyer and to make room for the stairway. The front door was shifted and enlarged allowing for an oversized door and concrete column helping give the home a more contemporary look. The new second story includes a master suite with vaulted ceilings and a home office.

The owners love all the details both on the interior and exterior.

“This sold me on the idea of hiring an architect,” Kate Shoup said. “We couldn’t have done it without Eric, because of all the ideas he came up with.”

And, they aren’t finished with home renovation projects. An updated kitchen is next on the list.” (Description from Architects’ Home Tour website)

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If you’re interested in seeing the Boisson House or other homes in the Architects’ Home Tour, visit aiahometour.org  for more information or to purchase tickets.


Celebrate Indy’s heritage with new auto museum

Posted on November 4th, 2013 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Celebrate Indy’s heritage with new auto museum

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Capitol Avenue Projects Could Transform Downtown Area

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Capitol Avenue Projects Could Transform Downtown Area

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Indy Star Feature: Rowland Design Expanding Once Again

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Indy Star Feature: Rowland Design Expanding Once Again
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Roominate: Inspiring Young Girls

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Roominate: Inspiring Young Girls

  For many of us at Rowland, childhood creativity and curiosity influenced our careers as designers and architects. Recently we discovered Roominate, a toy that blurs the line between education and play to inspire the next generation of innovators, artists and engineers.  As a creative-minded group, we think this is a pretty neat way to excite all children to create, […]

 

For many of us at Rowland, childhood creativity and curiosity influenced our careers as designers and architects.

Recently we discovered Roominate, a toy that blurs the line between education and play to inspire the next generation of innovators, artists and engineers.  As a creative-minded group, we think this is a pretty neat way to excite all children to create, design, build and explore.

Check out some of the Roominate creations here: http://www.roominatetoy.com/pages/kids

Image courtesy of Roominate(tm)

 


Self Sustaining Design

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Self Sustaining Design

  In these economic times my desire to reduce my spending and overall dependence as a consumer increases daily. I used to have a small garden when I lived in the country. It definitely helped with the grocery bill. But it also felt good just being able to feed the family with food we had […]

 

In these economic times my desire to reduce my spending and overall dependence as a consumer increases daily. I used to have a small garden when I lived in the country. It definitely helped with the grocery bill. But it also felt good just being able to feed the family with food we had grown. Now I am in town and there is considerable less space. Not to mention a garden can be somewhat of an eyesore if not tended to daily.

People have always made adjustments to either get by financially or just in an effort to be more health conscience or environmentally friendly. I am seeing more and more community gardens in vacant lots or behind a business. If these gardens can pop up in downtown Indianapolis, surely I can make something work in my backyard.

In efforts to increase “green” design we have recycled more, added living elements such as “green-roofs” or more natural landscaping, and incorporated water retention for reuse; to name a few. We do seem to try, if the project budget permits. I would like to see more garden type areas built into the design from the beginning. I saw these images of planter ideas using building materials. While these are just added on to the structure, the ideas are good. These could very well work in the original design.

Original source;

http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/HomesteadingSelfSufficiencySurvival

I’ve reached a point in my life where I feel I am not doing all I can, or should. I feel as if I am missing an opportunity to better my quality of life with rewards far exceeding monetary savings.


More Ghosts from the Past

Posted on May 29th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on More Ghosts from the Past

  Hello everyone. I hope the Memorial Day weekend treated you well and you were able to spend some quality time with family. I have just returned from a wonderful camping trip at Turkey Run State Park. A little crispy around the edges, but well worth the time had with my daughter and other family […]

 

Hello everyone. I hope the Memorial Day weekend treated you well and you were able to spend some quality time with family. I have just returned from a wonderful camping trip at Turkey Run State Park. A little crispy around the edges, but well worth the time had with my daughter and other family floating down Sugar Creek. I visit Turkey Run often for a day visit to the trails or a weekend of camping. I love to be out enjoying nature and there’s a certain pride I get after building a fire and cooking the evening meal.

I can only imagine that same sort of pride came from constructing your own home. You know that feeling when you spend the afternoon installing new lighting for your kitchen or laying some new tile for the bath? Imagine putting all your blood, sweat, and tears into building your family’s home. The amount of labor involved would have put emphasis on the term “backbreaking”. But, picture the scene of sitting at your fireplace for the first time after such an undertaking. That must have been an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.

I am reminded of this when I see historic sites such as the Lieber Cabin located on Sunset Point in the park. The cabin was built in 1848 and moved to Turkey Run by Richard Lieber in 1918. Take a look at their website and consider a trip of your own.

http://www.turkeyrunstatepark.com/historic_sites/lieber_cabin.htm


Bota Bota – A Spa on Montreal’s Waters

Posted on May 9th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Bota Bota – A Spa on Montreal’s Waters

  The first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘spa’ is probably soft warm colors, organic shape designs, with a sea of white in every corner of the space.  Oh yeah, and you’re probably not picturing this spa on a boat.  Well Bota Bota, a boat spa in Montreal, is breaking all […]

 

The first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘spa’ is probably soft warm colors, organic shape designs, with a sea of white in every corner of the space.  Oh yeah, and you’re probably not picturing this spa on a boat.  Well Bota Bota, a boat spa in Montreal, is breaking all those standards.

Bota Bota is a renovation of a former ferry into a three level floating, tranquil experience on the waters of Montreal’s Old Port.  Sid Lee Architecture designed and conceptualized the architecture, interiors, and graphic design of the spa (A business after our own Rowland hearts).

Just looking at the photo gallery of the spa is just about as equal to a back massage to me.  Instead of using the typical color schemes and designs of a normal spa, it takes on an industrial and naval theme.  The subtle incorporation of woods and accented reds throughout give it some color and life and play in harmoniously with the abundance of grays, blacks, hard lines with solid corners.  I love the use of the graphics and stenciling on the walls to indicate the floor level and signage.  You also find it on the lockers in the bathrooms indicating sections.  This small idea always makes the wayfinding package seem part of the space because it’s not screwed/bolted up onto the wall but actually part of it.  I have to imagine it is loads cheaper too than physical pieced signage…?

It wasn’t all fair sailing for Sid Lee and Bota Bota during the design and building of the spa.  Considerable thought and effort had to be placed into how to design for such a confined space, weather effects with the black exterior in the summer and cold hard winters on the numerous glass portholes.

Bota Bota broke all the designs standards and passed the trepid waters of all the headaches that come along with designing such a complex structure.  From the idea of a floating spa with views, to the interior colors and finishes, I say job well done.

The spa industry has officially conquered the land, sea…the only thing left is the air now.  Plaina Plaina…coming soon?


Create an opportunity

Posted on April 24th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Create an opportunity

  So, I’m sitting here trying to think of what to write for my blog that’s due to be posted by 11am. I can’t decide if my mind is completely blank or, if it’s filled with partially conceived ideas that are fluttering around creating a fog. Do you ever physically feel like you’re about to […]

 

So, I’m sitting here trying to think of what to write for my blog that’s due to be posted by 11am. I can’t decide if my mind is completely blank or, if it’s filled with partially conceived ideas that are fluttering around creating a fog. Do you ever physically feel like you’re about to explode? As if there is an abundance of energy waiting to be utilized but you are incapable of accessing it?

It has been suggested that I am sometimes too critical of myself. That negativity will turn away you, the reader, and distract from any kind of message I am trying to convey. I don’t know that I fully agree with that. I am uncomfortable writing without including my personal thoughts and feelings. I find it very difficult to just write a post where I give you what, in my opinion, is the best brand of acoustical ceiling tile. I feel I have been given the task of creatively engaging you on a weekly basis while giving you a glimpse of my life in the architectural world. Whether that is how I feel about a certain design style or what fuels my creative juices, I try to bring real conversation as if we were sitting face to face.

I procrastinate at times. If I do not feel a blog idea beforehand, I will not write it until the deadline. I do not have training in language arts. My grammar is not perfect. Spell check saves me multiple embarrassments. Note the negativity here. I don’t mind, I am human and we always try to work to improve on our faults and expand on our successes.

I could have posted something on a product. I could have not posted at all to save myself citing my failure. But if there is one thing I have learned in all my years in this business it’s that there are no problems, only opportunities. I know all of you reach these moments of creative indecision or stagnant thought process. What do you do to push through? How do you let the energy flow? How do you create an opportunity? My usual fix is just to go do something completely different, to stop thinking about thinking. But the deadline looms…

Thanks for listening. Leave a comment. Let me know your thoughts. J


Awesomely American, 3 Modern Designed Spaces in the US of A

Posted on April 18th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Awesomely American, 3 Modern Designed Spaces in the US of A

  Modern Design is the best kind of design.  Whew, I had to get that off my chest and out in the open. If I could, I would shout it from a mountain, but I don’t have a mountain I have a newsroom blog.  I had a teacher long ago tell me, “It’s sad really, […]

 

Modern Design is the best kind of design.  Whew, I had to get that off my chest and out in the open. If I could, I would shout it from a mountain, but I don’t have a mountain I have a newsroom blog.  I had a teacher long ago tell me, “It’s sad really, we (USA) are so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to design”.  However true that statement may be, I do have to say we as a country are doing a lot better over these past few years.  And much of that credit goes to Steve Jobs and Apple.  I like to think the shifting trend started once the iPhone came out.  The unique simplicity and magical interface combined with the beautiful design helped usher in the idea that products can and should have great function AND form.  Companies took note, and started redesigning their products to reflect beauty, simplicity and open friendliness.  If you don’t believe me, take a look at Microsoft’s new Windows 8, soon to be released.  You know there is a modern trend brewing when Microsoft deems it official to jump onboard (not surprised they were one of the last though).

This trend doesn’t just apply to tech, and products, but interior and architectural spaces as well.  Maybe it’s just me, but when I see good design, I want to support it by buying its products or using its services.  It’s the quintessential idea that “we take care and thought into everything that has our name and brand on it”.  We used to be a place of chew up, and spit out cookie cutter spaces and buildings.  The change is happening, but ever so slowly.  Here are 3 awesome modern designed spaces found right here in the good old US of A.  Do you have a favorite/famous American modern design space?  Comment, and share it with us below.

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill (Various US Locations) – Chipotle is setting the gold standard for the 21st Century fast dining experience.  Everything they do from their food, service, and restaurant is designed with (modern) perfection.  They have the Burger Kings and McDonalds jumping through hoops trying to meet the high new standards they’ve set.

2. The Fletcher Jones Audi/Volkswagen dealership (Chicago, IL) – This dealership has incorporated textured wall panels to give the building a unique architectural element while using creative open window panes.

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3. Live Strong Headquarters (Austin, TX) – The home base for the fight against cancer functions with so many purposes and ideas.  Its open space reinforces team collaboration and gives the feeling of a city street with multiple heights, textures and colors.  It has a gold-rated LEED certified status with numerous reused materials.

Live Strong Headquarters


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