KIPP Nashville

The blog lives! Been slow to post but here is a great project we just finished for Manuel Zeitlin Architects in Nashville of their recently completed KIPP college prep campus. The site was originally a family homestead (in fact, the family graveyard still rests within a stone throw from the rear of the building) which influenced the exterior design via overhangs and materials typically associated with barns of the era which were removed before construction. Capturing the exterior was all about showing off the use of the layering structures to control light throughout the day. We shot the interiors to showcase the use of bold colors to make the space more interactive, along with moments that reveal the relationship with external surroundings. 


All in, a fun project to shoot and we came up with some fantastic images! Still working with the Fujifilm GFX combined with Hasselblad 50mm and shift adapter, Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift, and Mamiya 110mm.


Chicago Chicago!

        As mentioned in my previous post on Mies van der Rhoe, I spent three weeks in Chicago during the month of August 2018. Below is the super-set of architectural images I came up with while exploring the city. Works included, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rhoe, Holabird and Root, Foster + Partners, OMA, Renzo Piano, and more!



Mies van der Rhoe in Chicago

       For three weeks of August in 2018, I had the distinct privilege to live Chicago with no obligations but to experience and photograph the city’s rich history of architecture. There were a few names which stuck out to me before arriving whose work I was interested in seeing throughout the city: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rhoe. Of these three, the work of Sullivan and Mies impressed me the most in person (I was staying downtown, right across from the AMA Plaza, where the availability of their works are plenty); Sullivan for his metaphysical ideas lending to fantastic displays of artistry incorporated into his high rises, and Mies for his elegant manipulation of readily available materials to create new, extreme, modern forms which ascend into the Chicago skylines as sculptural epics. There is a spirit in Mie’s work that seems permanently affixed to his colossal steel and glass…well, boxes! They neatly separate themselves from the surrounding rhetoric of older and newer designs within the metropolis and though they may not be as popularly iconic as the Sears or Hancock towers, to me they typify the spirit of modern Chicago. Any lover of modern architecture can attest to this.

        I was easily and wholly enchanted with this Miesian vocabulary, and so was drawn to spend a focused amount of my time in Chicago on capturing these forms.

        The following images were captured with a Fujifilm GFX with a combination of Canon 24mm TSE, Hasselblad 50mm FLE, and Mamiya 110mm. 

   All of the architectural from my trip Chicago soon to come in my next post. Including works of Wright, Sullivan, Piano, Holabird & Root, and more!

Justin Cordova 2017
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