Principal of Studio B Architects in Aspen, Colorado, Scott Lindenau, FAIA incorporates sketching and concept drawing into every architectural project he designs. By recording his ideas and observations on paper, Scott can begin his design process during a first site visit or meeting with a new client. Many of these quickly generated sketches were drawn on newsprint or in his sketchbook using charcoal and pastels.
Scott advocates the use of hand drawing at the inception of the design process and often publishes his drawings along with model views, construction photographs and other related visual material as coffee table books for clients at the conclusion of projects.
The following images are examples of Scott’s conceptual design drawings and some photographs of the completed architectural projects. I’m a big fan of Lindenau’s work and hope you will be inspired to include concept drawings in your next project!
Holtz Residence. The early concept sketch of this house was created with charcoal and pastels on newsprint. As the design for the house developed, a computer model was built to further explore facade articulation and massing.
Lindenau Residence. Notice how Scott’s design sketch translated into the final massing of his Aspen residence!
Briggerman House. This concept sketch for a home located near Aspen on a wooded hillside was generated with pastel on newsprint. The image reveals a dramatic entry ramp, lookout tower and other elements of the massing.
Kukkula Winery. These sketches of the California site were made with a soft graphite pencil in a journal. The landscape drawings helped inform the articulation of the buildings and organization of the plan.
Ho Residence. Located on 22 acres near Aspen, the wood and stone exterior was captured in a quick gestural sketch with pastel and charcoal in Scott's sketchbook. Notice the simple representation of the mountain and dramatic site topography.
St. Thomas Residence. These two charcoal sketches were developed during a site visit.
Scholl House. The mountain site and building massing were clearly developed in this sketch that was created in just a few minutes.
Concept Design Studies. These three sketches for different residences represent various ideas for building massing, materials and integration with the landscape.
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