Thursday, March 29, 2012


Museum and library, with fountain by Carl Milles.
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Yesterday, a professor of architecture at Lawrence Tech, who is also a graduate of Cranbrook Art Academy took me on a walking tour of Cranbrook.  I met the artist in residence who is in charge of the architecture project.  I saw the students' in-progress thesis projects, which were really inspiring.  I am especially excited about some of the folded and pop-up three-dimensional steel projects, as well as one made from routed wooden modules, and one curved like an upside-down ship's prow that will be clad in cedar.  I am looking forward to seeing the finished product in a few weeks.

Boy's school and observatory tower.
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Eliel Saarinen's work is also truly inspiring.  He was the principal architect of all three campuses.  The boy's school and art academy -- except for the museum and Library -- are both in brick collegiate gothic.

View of Kingswood from the lake.
Imace from Maia C on Flickr.
The girl's school, Kingswood, is more of a Japanese-inspired Art Deco.

I didn't take any photos yesterday.  I'll have to go back for that.  In the mean time, check out the amazing professional photos on the websites of Brian Callahan and Colton Graub.

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