studies in architectural linguistics


Linguistics, or the study of language, is today’s topic, expressed in four buildings:  On the left, traditional languages are used to express a four square plan (top), and a nine square plan (bottom), with floor plans on the left and ceiling plans on the right.  On the right, modernist languages express the same four square (top) and nine (bottom), with symmetrical plans on the left and directionally symmetrical plans on the right – mainly because modernist ceiling plans are far less interesting to draw. . .  A section and elevation lie beneath.

simply canadian


This post is simple – the building is simple.  This is a small motor pavilion at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC.  The neo-gothic style of the main hotel is reinterpreted in a small square glass and iron pavilion.  What I’m showing here is merely there clerestory roof volume with half of a reflected ceiling plan and an elevation.  The copper standing seam roof has aged wonderfully on the salty bay air.