Studio Mumbai | Inspiration and Process
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Studio Mumbai | Inspiration and Process

This summer, vaMODERN was contacted out-of-the-blue by Carla Casu of Moleskine Europe announcing the newest architectural monographs published for their Inspiration and Process in Architecture Collection,with an unique opportunity to select one of the newly published titles and write an article about it. A few days later, a beautifully crafted Moleskine monograph arrived in Virginia … Continue reading

Furniture in Nature’s Finish
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Furniture in Nature’s Finish

Todd Leback is a master artisan working from his custom furniture making shop in Charlottesville. Faced with the choice of attending William and Mary or honing his craft, he left for Washington State twelve years ago for a six month exercise in the craft of traditional wooden boatbuilding. After practicing carpentry and cabinetry for many … Continue reading

Zen Pavilions Create Calm for Patients
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Zen Pavilions Create Calm for Patients

  by Will Scribner, FAIA | SMBW PLLC The new clinic for Affiliated Dermatologists of Virginia is an intentional departure from the typical Richmond medical facility. The complex was conceived as a pair of Zen pavilions in a partially wooded landscape, spare and elegant in their design. The site solution preserves the tree canopy along … Continue reading

“The Essence of a Cemetery Landscape”
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“The Essence of a Cemetery Landscape”

Originally written for American Cemetery Magazine by Ron Wolfe, AIA in December, 2006 while with SMBW Architects in Richmond, Virginia. The original article has been republished here with written permission of the publisher, Kates-Boylston. A serendipitous meeting in 1847 by two men from Richmond, Va., led to one of the most important civic landscapes in that … Continue reading

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Covington Farmer’s Market

Marie and Keith Zawistowski, the designers of the Arritt Farmhouse featured here earlier this year have led the design/buildLAB studio at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design to design and build a farmers market shelter in Covington, Virginia.  Using locally sourced materials, pine, oak, and locust wood, and prefabricated components, the structure appears as … Continue reading