Clockwork Architecture + Design

Clockwork Architect - Todd Howard

Santina Cessor - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We want to take a moment to recognize the talents and hard work of our very own Todd Howard. He has spent this year working towards his architect license and we are happy to report he did so successfully, receiving this prestigious title in October 2014. 

In addition to reaching his goal for certification he was recently awarded the AIA Emerging Professional of the Year award for his excellence in AIA pillars as a group study leader. 

If you see Todd out and about be sure to say congratulations. 

Congratulations Todd!

Kansas City One Light - Drone

Santina Cessor - Thursday, November 20, 2014
A View From Above - The One Light Luxury Apartments, Power & Light District

Intouch Solutions - Kansas City Headquarters

Santina Cessor - Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Happy Customer...

“The previous office was very spread out,” explains Chris Jimenez, architectural project manager. “The company had to grow around it, and it lacked the feeling of a branded space. That’s why we put our main focus on collaboration.”

Light It Up

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 18, 2014

The key to taking a project from good to great is thoughtful lighting. 

It is no secret; lighting affects the overall success of every design. That is exactly why conscious lighting integration is at the forefront of every project we approach. Our diverse experience and integrated design approach yields innovative solutions and refreshing results that support our client’s business goal. We think creatively about each element of design, in particular quality illumination. 

Lucky for us and our customers, several members of our staff have an extensive background in architectural lighting, including Principal Neil Sommers.  With 20 years of lighting experience, Neil has remained active in IESNA and his work has won numerous awards including the prestigious international SEGD lighting award. The unrestricted creativity inspires guides and supports our team to pursue personalized lighting solutions in each project.  

The secret; we maximize the natural daylight with architectural elements and supplement with purposeful, energy efficient lighting.  Each space is analyzed in three dimensions and checked for color rendering index, lux results at the intended target workplane, and watts per square foot to verify energy efficiency.  This results in an environment that is both inviting and productive for its users.  

The given; good design leads to happy customers. Our customers are our largest asset, so striking the right solution is imperative. 

Clockwork Forum – The Future of Architectural Construction

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 11, 2014
What if architecture became more automated and less susceptible to costly on site errors? We wonder if such a process could ever exist in our world. 

Admittedly, we are curious to know where the conversation should begin. Perhaps, it is as simple as creating a collision between the greatest thinkers in our industry. Bringing these collective brains together, could be the answer to a very complicated idea; making for a very simplistic design future.  How do we as a community eliminate the extensive cost of new building without eliminating the tradesman or the customization? 

In our first Clockwork Forum, we analyzed the downsides to the current prefabrication process. First diving into the preconceptions we have, then studying the history of prefabrication, and finally analyzing Build LLC’s article, “Pre-fab houses don’t work”.

Our team has come to some conclusions from our heated debates and discussions that seemed to touch every topic architects consider:

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...

Pump Up the Volume 1NE

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 04, 2014
Located in Westport, Volume 1NE is a perfect fit for the surrounding fashionable boutiques and local eateries. The store owner, Justin Ji, came to the drawing board full of inspiration and an eye for quality design, details, and functionality.   

Volume 1NE is about more than retail. Justin and his team love what they do and are inspired by their products. The only way to succeed in this space was to join Volume 1NE in their passion for the finer things. Clockwork studied countless diagrams in clothing construction to reincarnate those characteristics into the Volume 1NE pilot store. Some materials are continuous throughout, like the sole of a shoe, yet bands of wall construction and thin metal railing profiles harken to the stitching and supports integrated into every clothing item. Floor penetrations connect both floors of the space similar to voids and opening in clothes. 

To capture the owner’s passion for quality craftsmanship, we spent our time in the details of custom, well designed solutions throughout the space. Simplistic in design, the space features a hand charred cedar walls, oversized and wood clad pivot door, metal racks that span between pilasters, and movable racks to allow sales floor adjustments. The cash wrap is steel cased and armourcoat plastered with a glass presentation case. The Volume 1NE branding wall was CNC routed, tiled, and lit with LED strips. Connectivity is maintained between levels by a custom open stairwell featuring tempered glass guard panels and locally fabricated raw steel rails.

We designed the space to be ever evolving. The store concept and displays were planned based on analytics and sales strategies for future growth from a shoe store, to an overall clothing store. In its local surroundings, it provides an eccentric and modern push that Westport visitor’s value and desire.

An International Design Perspective

Santina Cessor - Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

The World's Oldest Textile Still Reigns

Jenny Christenson - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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.

Fun Facts

  • Felt is quite possibly the oldest fabric known to man
  • Felt was discovered by St. Clement of Rome by accident
  • Felt is comprised of synthetic material with wool, just wool alone or synthetic material alone
  • Felt is non-woven, so it is incredibly easy to create and manipulate
  • Felt is water resistant
  • Felt can literally be planned anyway your creative heart desires…seriously

Neocon 2014 Knoll FilzFelt

Bolyu Svelte Flooring

Seyferth Blumenthal Harris

Jenny Christenson - Thursday, June 05, 2014

interior renovation in an existing office space...

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.

“…we were able to take full advantage of our diverse portfolio and draw inspiration from our hospitality projects across the globe…”

Urban Core Group Event @ Clockwork

Jenny Christenson - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Celebrate the URBAN CORE – 2014

Clockwork Architecture + Design

Come Join Us, Explore And Learn More

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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