Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Return of the Small House

Less is More in Today's Housing Market

A Sears Roebuck 'Argyle' home in Fairmont, West Virginia.

The Associated Press [click to read] is reporting on one sector of the housing market that is booming... the market for small houses in the $20,000 to $50,000 range is strong and should remain so in today's depressed economy.

As historical examples, such as the Sears house above prove, small need not mean without dignity. In fact, one who loves historic homes will relish the thought of a whole new generation of craftsman style bungalows.

If you are a contractor looking to tap into this wonderful market, the Kirchman Studio can help you style beautiful small homes for your clients.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Model for Hugh Newell Jacobsen

Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland

Model of Riggs Alumni Center
A few years back we built this model for Hugh Newell Jacobsen's office of the proposed Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

Detail of the Riggs Center garden.

The model in its plexiglass case.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PNOVS National Veteran's Center

Helping to Create a Vision for Veteran Services

Detail of the PNOVS Center Rendering.

Detail of the PNOVS Center Rendering shows a plaza where all branches of the US Military have their seals rendered in glass organ pipes. Pipe designs by Xaver Wilhelmy.

View of the entire plaza. Glass pipe design by Xaver Wilhelmy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PNOVS National Veteran's Center

Helping to Create a Vision for Veteran Services

Depasquale Delph Gentilhomme Group Architects asked me to illustrate the new center for Premier Network of Veteran Services. Photo by E. Strong.

"Dear Bob,

I wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did bringing PNOVS National Veteran’s Center to life. You have captured the spirit and intent of our vision beautifully. Thank you for your passion and great work!"

PNOVS Center
Depasquale Delph Gentilhomme Group, Illustration by Bob Kirchman.

Some projects just grab you. PNOVS [click to read] was one of those... an opportunity to put some substance to the gratitude we feel for our troops.