To achieve a successful automated future it would take a complete overhaul of our traditional building paradigm (which is to gather all the parts of a building on site and then assemble them piece by piece). The future of construction is quite the opposite. We envision a future where sub-assemblies, or components, are produced in a factory by tradesman with the assistance of automation. Once all the components are completed they can be packed and delivered for construction, aka assembly! A solution must be developed to deal with the unique quality of every earthen site so as to streamline foundations and utilities.
Complete customization through automation and solutions to each specific issue that manifests must be done with new software developments and true collaboration between the disciplines. This may be the new future for architects, a time for us to be the “process engineer” and lead material scientists, engineers, and construction as our profession once did...
Our principal, Neil Sommers, recently traveled to Switzerland and Germany to advance our brands knowledge and perspective on cutting-edge Swiss design and building techniques.
While in Europe Neil spent time touring several CNC wood forming factories to view how complex forms are created with features cut with a .5mm tolerance. Some other factories challenged the existing state of affairs by creating beams that could span 16 Meters with limited deflection. Beyond anything we have seen in the industry.
At large, this trip has inspired Clockwork to activate designs using these new techniques, and we are thrilled to announce we will roll out products by the end of the year.
Our Office has always had a special place in our heart for felt and we've noticed the universal appreciation has grown immensely too. It was apparent at Neocon this month that every manufacturer has officially embraced the Felt movement; each offering their own rendition of felt products. It's remarkable just how many design possibilities this simple textile can offer. Felt has undoubtedly become a designers dream, and for good reason.
Felt (noun) a kind of cloth made by rolling and pressing wool or another suitable textile accompanied by the application of moisture or heat, which causes the constituent fibers to mat together to create a smooth surface.
Neocon 2014 Knoll FilzFelt
Bolyu Svelte Flooring
Our relationship with Seyferth Blumenthal Harris (SBH) extends back 8 years to when we completed their previous office in a historically renovated structure. The firm had grown significantly over the years and the design of the space remained of critical importance to the leadership team.
The challenge of the new space was to design a collaborative, efficient and attractive space that maximized their stellar views while holding true to the historical features of the building and provide a professional but slightly less formal layout.
The SBH leadership team sought an entry space that would instantly induce a state of calmness for their client’s upon arrival. To successfully achieve their vision, we were able to take full advantage of our diverse portfolio and draw inspiration from our hospitality projects across the globe. The open collaborative space allows attorneys and support staff to come together and share ideas without having to reserve formal conference spaces. All of the finishes in the space were chosen to emphasize the firm’s culture, one of confidence but without pretense.
Acting as a trusted advisor, our team negotiated on behalf of SBH to ensure they received the highest quality possible at the lowest achievable cost. A simple exposed concrete floor and exposed ceilings through much of the circulation space allowed construction dollars to be spent where they could achieve the biggest impact.
Clockwork was founded 9 years ago upon the simple idea of challenging status quo. They wanted to create a consulting firm that delivered projects on time and on budget. They wanted to create beautiful buildings and spaces that were memorable. Their amazing clients have said that Clockwork accomplished those goals, repeatedly. The team they have proposed is who will work with you on your project. They have traded layers of management and unnecessary overhead of large firm structures for focused accountability. They design for the triple bottom line; They create designs with ecological, social, and financial performance.
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