During one of our weekly brainstorming sessions we decided to design t-shirts that feature three of our recently completed projects. Although it seems like this would be a fairly easy task, it was much more challenging than you might think. The rules of engagement were simple:
Each t-shirt must incorporate Pendulum’s brand/icon (highlighted in the bubbles)
Each t-shirt must tastefully display a unique project feature
Each t-shirt must communicate the essence of the design/conceptual statement
Under the leadership of Ms. Lauren Cruz, the designs featured above incorporated all off the design constraints in a winning combination.
Neuroscience Group Field (formerly known as Time Warner Cable Field)
One of the key missing features of the original 1995 design (pictured on the left) was the classic ballpark character and major sense of entry that traditional baseball enthusiasts often look for when they attend a game. Although there were a number of enhancements made in our renovation for the 2013 season, the main entry was by far one of the most noticeable visual differences from the parking lot. Our t-shirt design contrasts the old with the new while giving a nod to the sepia tone graphics and way-finding package we designed and incorporated throughout the new design.
KCP&L Crosstown Substation – 2014 EDC Cornerstone Award (Energy Category)
Crosstown Substation is one of those projects that is hard to categorize…is it art, is it a building, is it a fence? In its original state (pictured above on the left), our concept mock-up sits in front of the existing graffiti plagued concrete wall that protected the public from the high voltage electrical equipment within. Our new design serves the same purpose in an enhanced presentation that combines use of technology (solar power & LED lighting) and art (perforated steel panel) to engage the community with a programmed light show and the display of curated works of art. Our t-shirt design celebrates the simplicity of our repetitive perforated steel pattern while emulating the LED technology used to light the night sky.
The Guild – 2013 NOMA Design Citation
RW/2 + The Wade Brothers + Real Fake are Awesome, people with good taste book events here – Enough Said…
It’s been a while since we’ve posted progress pictures of one of our favorite local projects located at 1621 Locust in the East Crossroads District. Although the building has been occupied since October of 2012 we’re still working with Egg Design and the Wade Brothers to make things perfect prior to our big reveal in the form of professional photography. If you haven’t attended an event at the Guild yet you should definitely do so. The decor is classic 1920’s with a splash of mod here and there. The vibe is always right with an emphasis on live music, great craft drinks at the bar, and upscale culinary bites by local emerging chefs.
The good folks at rw/2 sent us an update on the companies that will inhabit the space upon completion of construction. They also launched a nice “coming soon” page for the event space, check it out at theguildkc.com…classy as always.
Just east of McGee Street in the East Crossroads District of Downtown Kansas City, MO, there’s a rich sub-culture of artists, craftsman and design professionals that have formed a consortium of sorts; banding together to support a budding design oriented community. At the forefront of this movement Rush Wade/2 Studios commissioned crossroads native and designer/fabricator Dale Frommelt of Egg Designs and Pendulum Studio to collaborate on the adaptive reuse of a very unique 12,000 square foot building located at 16th and Locust. The building consists of a 6,000 square foot barrel vault brick structure adjacent to an additional 6,000 square foot prefabricated metal structure with multiple slab elevations. The intended new use for the buildings will include an event space (“The Guild”), photography shooting floor, and office/studio space for Rush Wade/2. In addition to the existing building renovation, Pendulum, and Egg have started collaborating on plans to develop three adjacent lots across the alley on Cherry Street also owned by Rush Wade/2 that will be an “off-grid” outdoor green space and beer garden (“The Guild Gardens”).
Rebirth of Cool…No Need To Build New
In response to questions about why they didn’t build a new building, Co-Owner Lindsey Rush stated: “There’s something really cool about an older building that has outlived its original purpose. There is a level of craftsmanship, detail and scale in old buildings that unfortunately is very rare these days, partly due to cost of materials, but also because current building codes make it almost impossible to replicate. The simple elegance of the bow-string trusses in our south building would be four times as large if we designed them from scratch today.”
While the vintage exterior facade and interior structure contribute to the overall character of the buildings, the material palette chosen by the Ownership group and design team that consists of reclaimed lumber, white subway tile, and exposed steel columns and beams creates an undeniable contrast between old and new. The angular geometries of the new interior program continues the contrasting dialogue and reflects the creative and forward thinking style of the Owners; simple, clean, and down to earth with an edge.
Construction is currently underway and set to be complete by October of this year. The images below document our progress with demolition – we’ll add more images as construction continues.