Design Essentials: Scale and Proportion

As artists and architects, Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture cherishes age-old design principles that guide us in our art, whether it’s a traditional gothic estate or a contemporary family home. These architectural design principles enable us to create livable spaces that never grow old. Scale and proportion are among the most important tools we use when …

The Art of Architecture: Curious and Courageous

“People who build their own home tend to be very courageous. These people are curious about life. They’re thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work.” Tom Kundig

The Art of Architecture: Design for People

“All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.” Philip Johnson

The Art of Architecture: Light

“Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.” Thomas Fuller

The Art of Architecture: Handshake

“The door handle is the handshake of the building.” Juhani Pallasmaa

The Art of Architecture: What We Build

“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” Jim Rohn

The Art of Architecture: A Complete Whole

“Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can’t be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole.” Maya Lin

The Art of Architecture: Tea

“Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.” Yoshio Taniguchi

The Art of Architecture: Sentiments

“Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task, therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.” Adolf Loos

The Art of Architecture: Drawing Architecture

“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.” Alvar Aalto