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The rigor of process: Lorcan O’Herlihy
April 14, 2008, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Rural Architecture, Urban Architecture

We’ve wanted to do a post on the work of Lorcan O’Herlihy for quite some time now. The difficulty was in trying to define the work and come up with an intelligent, blog-friendly theme to focus on. There is certainly the filtration of light in many of the projects, breathtaking stairways are incorporated into others, some projects were derived from an exploration of eloquent, clean diagrams, and others still develop rich, tangible line-weight drawings reminiscent of ink on mylar hand drawings. The finished products are masterful and the evidence of the design process is inspiring and infectious. We came to the conclusion that it is the consistency of the entire process that makes the work of Lorcan O’Herlihy so significant. From diagram to line drawing to model/rendering to built-form; each step of the way appears thorough and masterful. In a nut-shell, these guys are just damn good architects. Given the constant pressure of time and budget in the industry, these guys seem to keep the discipline of process in the formula. For this weeks entry we’ve chosen several projects of theirs that display the rigor of process.

CalArts dormitory at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia CA, in process

Jai House in Calabasas CA, 2004

Paulith Headquarters CA, 2004

12 Houses in Mt. Washington CA, in process


Formosa 1140 in Los Angeles CA, 2008

Sherman Residence in Mill Valley CA, 2005

Vertical House in Venice CA, 2004

Willoughby Avenue Lofts in Los Angeles CA, in process


W.A. Lofts in Los Angeles CA, in process

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Wow. Looking at this I just felt something in me that I haven’t felt since school. I have to go have a good cry now…

Comment by me

I was just in LA a few weeks ago and got a tour of gardner 1050, which is a nice project. The habitat 825 looks really nice, has a nice ventilated rainscreen and is conveniently located adjacent to the rapidly decaying schindler house. Those images are phenomenal. how do they find the time to do that?

Comment by mike

With a small shop like theirs my guess is, despite being well disciplined, organized, and good at prioritizing, that producing process as gorgeous as this requires working the swing shift often.

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