Category: Projects and Designers

June 04, 2021

Boutique Office For Charlotte Architects MSA

Project Name:   MSA – Merriman Schmitt Architects and Orsborn Engineering Group Offices, New Construction Location: This is the NEW LOCATION for MSA – 605 Lexington Avenue / Suite 300 / Charlotte / NC Project Vision:  We wanted to create a new studio that had a blend of high-tech industrial aesthetic, balanced and softened by some natural … Continued

January 26, 2021


      Project Name:                   Classic Boat Museum – Private Location:                             Northern Minnesota Lake Project Vision:                  “The owners of this private estate wanted a space to store their collection of antique boats and awards.  They needed space at the lakeside to entertain guests. Nor-Son … Continued

December 18, 2020

Cozy Up This Winter As Seen In

  Rustic Artistry “This … powder room combines bark, burnished metal, stone and the amber glow of a shaded pendant light. Finds from the forest fit right into the style, which also echoed the ornate Victorian and stout Arts & Crafts décor that was popular during the Great Camps’ heyday.” Hang a Shingle “The exterior … Continued

October 26, 2020


  Dis-connectivity has left humans longing for our better nature.  Human well-being is supported by natural elements outside in forests and within building environments.  Nothing compares to stepping outside ourselves into a grand cathedral of trees.  When the strategy of the forest has been honored in the sourcing and making of products, nothing is quite … Continued

August 27, 2020

Highlands Reserve Featured in Our State Magazine

At the pinnacle of 4,500 ft in Southern Appalachia, you will find an “island in the sky” with diverse plant communities, rare species, and a bark lodge from which every journey in this magical land begins.  The stewards of this incredible property are Robert and Betty Balentine.  They have expanded this reserve to 120-acres with … Continued

July 20, 2020

Virginia Tech University Invites Nature Inside with Wood Wall Paneling Design

When Virginia Tech University constructed Lavery Hall, a giant stone‑and‑glass building that houses the campus’s world‑class dining facility, the project managers searched diligently for natural building materials that would help them achieve a LEED Silver green building certification. In Pursuit of Sustainable Wood Wall Paneling  David Chinn, Capital Project Manager at VT, decided on a … Continued

July 10, 2020

4 Extraordinary Ways to Use Trees in Architecture

Though architecture inspired by nature is nothing new, modern architects constantly seek new and exciting iterations of biophilic design. Now more than ever, bridging the gap between the great outdoors and indoors includes regenerative, or even living, natural building materials. Striking feats of biophilic architecture connect people to nature through one of the Earth’s most … Continued

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